There has been plenty of netball activity coming out of the West/Central West region over the past few weeks – so much so it’s difficult to put it all into one article! But we will give it a try …
Firstly congratulations to Orange Netball Association who announced Orange Toyota have jumped on board as the naming rights sponsor for their Division One competition. Now being referred to as the Orange Toyota Cup, eight teams will vie for the top honour including six-time Champions Robin Hood. Read Central Western Daily’s announcement here…
Schools get into netball action
Dubbo West Public, Buninyong Public and Bowen Public Schools have got involved with netball recently, taking part in weekly training sessions before participating in Indigenous Sporting Program (ISP) Gala Days on Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 March.
Many of the students had never participated in netball before, so Netball NSW helped teach them the basics to passing, shooting and footwork with each school receiving equipment, such as balls, bibs and ball bags, to help continue to develop their new-found skills.
High school students from Canobolas High School and the South, Delroy and Senior Campuses of Dubbo College assisted Netball NSW by coaching and umpiring at the Gala Days, with participants putting into practice the skills they had learnt throughout the three-week program.
Netball NSW Umpire & Officials Development Coordinator Jan Simpson also recently visited Dubbo, presenting the Umpires Level 1 course to National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) students on Tuesday 11 March.
NASCA assists indigenous students to become involved with Associations to gain qualifications to help them achieve not only during school, but once they graduate.
Ten students attended the course – the first step in the umpire’s accreditation process – and each participant passed to receive their Level 1 certificate. Some keen umpires returned the following day to help umpire games and coach younger students involved with the ISP Gala Day in Dubbo.
Congratulations everyone involved in the ISP Gala Days.
Primary School Challenge in Cobar
Cobar recently held a Primary School Netball Challenge on Tuesday 25 March where 19 teams from eight schools participated.
Netball NSW Regional Coordinators helped deliver the competition, with the assistance of Cobar High School students umpiring, coaching and scoring throughout the day – a big thank you to Cobar High!
Held in conjunction with the Rugby League Peachy Richardson Gala Day, teams from Nyngan Public, St Joseph’s Nyngan, Bourke Public, St Ignatius Bourke, Brewarrina Central, St Patrick’s Brewarrina, Cobar Public and St John’s Cobar played in four divisions across the day: Years 3/4 Division 1, Years 3/4 Division 2, Years 5/6 Division 1, and Years 5/6 Division 2.
All the students had a fantastic day and there was a lot of talent on show, with plenty of closely contested matches. Congratulations to all the teams that participated.
Getting active after school
During Term One Netball NSW and Active Afterschool Community (AASC) have been working together to provide netball to schools throughout the Forbes area.
Beth Shea from AASC ran community coach training sessions with 15 people from the Forbes area to upskill them in helping to deliver the netball program to Bedgerabong Public, Forbes North Public, Eugowra Public and St Joseph’s Catholic School (Eugowra).
On Friday 14 March Netball NSW and the AASC held a joint Gala Day for all the students to participate in a fun day of netball, with skill sessions held in the morning before contesting round robin matches. Over 300 children attended the day, with many looking to participate in the Netball NSW Schools Cup Local Day next Monday 7 April.