Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Local Netball off to a Strong Start; Elite National Players Give Youngsters a Shot at Stardom

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Local Netball off to a Strong Start; Elite National Players Give Youngsters a Shot at Stardom

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BOTH Murwillumbah and Tweed were lucky to get on the courts this weekend, with both looking like they were destined to miss the games set down for Saturday.

For Tweed, it was the opening round of this year's competition and for Murwillumbah it was just round two, so both associations were delighted to see the sun shine through, and a great day was had by all.

In Murwillumbah's Funnet program, about 10 eager children turned out to enjoy learning the basics of netball and the fine motor skills they need to play.

Netter has four teams: Bogangar Blue Wrens, Crickets, The Super Fabs and Red Backs.

This grade is all about learning the positions of a netball team. Bing early in the season it looked more like organised chaos rather than a game of netball, but I am sure that by the end of the season they will be performing like professionals.

Five teams will be competing in the 11/12s grade. The games on the weekend seemed a bit one-sided, as some teams are just out of netter, but it promises to be a good season for this group.

The Intermediates play at 1.15pm every Saturday and we are looking for one or two more players to complete the teams for this year. Please come down to the courts next week if you are interested in playing.

The Murwillumbah association has vacancies for the Opens Comp.

Any enquiries can be directed to Beth at (02) 6676 6289 or (

The draws for Murwillumbah are all up on the website at (

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TWEED started its season on a good note with games being played despite the threatening weather.

Round two of the draw will appear on the website ( ( by tomorrow. The delay in posting this on the website is due to a couple of problems with umpire allocation.

Tweed will be conducting two junior skills development clinics this year starting at 11am, Saturday, May 2 at the club grounds (to enter your child must be turning 11 in 2009 and be a member of a Tweed affiliated club/team who can commit to all six sessions of the clinic).

Each clinic will be free and will be held over a six-week period. They are aimed at boosting the skills and confidence of our juniors at a club level.

Any club coaches are also invited to attend the clinics. Coaches will learn new drills, observe the breakdown of skills as well as being introduced to the new rules of netball more intimately, which will ultimately benefit your local clubs.

Numbers are limited and nomination does not guarantee placement. Successful nominees will be notified at least one week prior to the clinic.

The clinic will be conducted by a former NSW State League player who is accredited by Netball Australia at the Coaching Development Level as well as a national umpire. …

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