Honing their match skills

Passing the ball from Brunswick-Byron is Sasha Dunn.
Passing the ball from Brunswick-Byron is Sasha Dunn. Doug Eaton

FNC netball players warmed up for forthcoming battles against state rivals with some tough but enjoyable action.

More than 40 teams from areas including Ballina, Tweed, Grafton and Brunswick-Byron featured in Lismore Netball Association's rep carnival.

A strong contingent from the hosts also took part in Sunday's event, which included round-robin action in age groups from 12-Opens.

Association secretary Dianne Donovan said the contest, which was held at the city's Marie Mackney Courts, was good preparation for the forthcoming State League, State Age and State Championships.

"It is good for the teams to see how they are progressing; you need that strong competition to see what you can improve.

"There was some excellent play and it was a great hitout for everyone," she said.

Further rep carnivals are planned over the coming months across the region.

Meanwhile, young players still have time to stake their claim for places at the region's premier netball training program.

Trials for the 2013 North Coast Academy of Sport's (NCAS) netball program are on Sunday, May 12.

Successful players will receive top-class coaching and tuition through the program, which aims to develop the skills of promising talents.

Eligible players must be turning 15-18 in 2013 and be a member of a North Coast or FNC association.

The trials will take place at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre in Oliver Avenue.

Applications for the trials must be made to NCAS by 5pm Monday, May 6.

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