Beach netball shoots onto the Gold Coast for NetFest

2012 NetFest is just a few days away, with over 1100 eager netballers packing their suitcases for the world’s biggest netball festival.

For the first time in history, Queensland’s iconic Surfers Paradise Beach will be transformed into a three-court netball precinct with more than 130 teams from Australia and New Zealand ready to soak up the famous Gold Coast sun.

NetFest offers a choice of outdoor or beach netball tournaments, supported by a range of social activities – and the competition is heating up! The beach format is quickly becoming the hottest new trend for Australia’s highest participation sport, with teams of four eager to kick off their sneakers and play barefoot in the sand.

Sydney netballer Faith Everingham is excited to be returning to NetFest for a second year.

Faith explains, “After participating in last year’s NetFest and losing the grand final by one point, my team ‘Netorious’ and I were keen to come back this year and go one better! We’re super excited to be making the trip to the Gold Coast and can’t wait to play netball, check out the local hotspots and make a bunch of new friends!”

With record participant numbers, event organisers have hired extra umpires, administrators and volunteers as well as introducing larger venues including the newly refurbished Firth Park outdoor courts and one of Australia’s most famous tourist destinations – Surfers Paradise Beach.

In addition to the netball action, NetFesters will be treated to a host of special activities throughout the festival including the NetFest Party, Awards Ceremony and a showcase beach netball match featuring NetFest Ambassador and NSW and Australian netball legend Liz Ellis along with local celebrities including Trevor Hendy, Hayley Bateup and the Sea FM breakfast team.

Liz Ellis encourages locals to come down and enjoy the fast and furious form of the game.

“Surfers Paradise will be treated to a unique mix of sun, sand, entertainment and adrenaline-fuelled netball. We would love to see locals and families showing their support over the weekend.”

Both the outdoor and beach competitions will be played in a round robin format on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October, with finals to be played on Sunday 28 October.