Entries for the inaugural ‘Beach Netball’ competition set to take place at Lakes Entrance in early January have closed with a staggering 40 teams registered to play the modified format.
With less than a month to go, the popularity of the event with netballers in Victoria was evident, the overwhelming response making way for two extra courts to facilitate the growing number of teams.
Netball Victoria Competitions Manager Angela Banbury is delighted with the response from the netball community.
“Beach Netball is such an exciting concept because it brings together a number of elements that you don’t normally get with a traditional game of netball,” Ms Banbury said.
“Having a great time at the beach, playing sport with friends, bringing the family along – there really is something for everyone to enjoy and we believe the atmosphere on the day will reflect that fun environment.”
“We certainly weren’t expecting quite the number of teams that we have registered at the moment, but it shows the interest is there for this product and we are excited to bring it to life.”
Melbourne Vixen Kate Moloney will attend the tournament on Saturday 16 January and is looking forward to seeing all three courts in action, with finals now scheduled for Sunday.
“Lakes Entrance is the perfect location for our Beach Netball Competition and with 40 teams competing the atmosphere is going to be electric,” Moloney said.
Beach netball is an extension to the traditional game of netball, with the same rules and regulations, the exception being that participants aren’t required to wear shoes and the game is played on a half-court marked out in the sand.
Beach Netball will be played at Lakes Entrance Main Beach on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January consisting of competitive and social divisions. Associations and Leagues in areas surrounding Lakes Entrance will support the implementation of the new initiative and ensure its sustainability.
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