Netballers draw line in the sand

February 12, 2018

Dream team: (Back, from left) Zoe Backway, Stef Sorraghan, Chelsea Nicholson and Jo Backway. (Front, from left) Deb Hosie, Tracey McArthur and Debbie McArdle.

Purple power: Johnny Cross, Brittany Sparks and Riu Pacquing are residents of the Shepparton education youth foyer and formed a team.

Borrowing from a popular film franchise, City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe described the weekend’s beach netball competition as ‘‘fast and furious’’.

Cr O’Keeffe said the competition — involving 22 teams, each with seven per side — had run smoothly, especially in warm conditions.

‘‘We’ll definitely look at it again, it will have to depend on the sand,’’ she said.

She understood an economic injection was observed, with some travellers staying in the region for the event.

Shepparton hosted the Netball Victoria Beach Netball series during the weekend at Victoria Park Lake on a temporarily built stadium, as part of a competition taking place in Lakes Entrance and Port Campbell.

Beach netball is an extension to the traditional game of netball, with the same rules and regulations, the exception being that participants are not required to wear shoes and the game is played on a half-court marked out in the sand.

Cr O’Keeffe said she was excited Shepparton was able to host the event ahead of the weekend.

‘‘Hosting this event continues our tradition of hosting high-profile events and will give netball enthusiasts the opportunity to watch a different format of netball,’’ she said.

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