Rachael Toohey with the signed Queensland Firebirds netball that will be raffled at the Lismore netball carnival that has been named in honour of her late grandmother Marie Mackney.
Rachael Toohey with the signed Queensland Firebirds netball that will be raffled at the Lismore netball carnival that has been named in honour of her late grandmother Marie Mackney. contributed

Lismore netballers honour life member with carnival

LISMORE Netball Association will host the inaugural Marie Mackney Memorial Representative Carnival this Sunday.

The event has been named in honour of the association's first Life Member, Marie Mackney, who sadly passed away in January this year.

Netball also acknowledges the contribution of Marie's great friend and fellow Life Member Mel Battese, who died a mere two weeks after Marie's passing.

"Both Marie and Mel had an extraordinary passion for netball and supported the development of thousands of players, coaches and umpires within the netball community," association president Lynne Sims said.

"Many of the successful milestones that Lismore Netball has achieved, are a direct result of the vision and lifelong efforts that these ladies gave so willingly."

The event will also showcase the new upgraded netball courts, with a new surface providing enhanced facilities for all participants.

Mrs Sims heralded the improved courts by saying a Grant from the NSW Sport and Recreation and a hefty contribution over several years from its members, has allowed the long awaited project to be completed.

The Lismore netball courts are now equal with any in Northern NSW.

Teams from Lismore, Woolgoolga, Grafton, Lower Clarence, Ballina, Casino and Brunswick Byron will participate in this carnival, with players ranging in age from 12 years through to Seniors.

The format of the day will be a series of round robin games, with players, coaches and umpires using the event as an important preparation for the upcoming Netball NSW State and State Age Championships in June and July.

Fundraising at the Lismore carnival will include a raffle for a netball signed by all members of the 2016 Queensland Firebirds ANZ Championship Team and encased in perspex display case.

The prize has been donated by the Mackney family with all funds raised going directly to support the junior representative program.

It is shaping up to be a great day of netball.



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