Moree and District Netball Association 2019 season kicks off

SEASON BEGINS: The netball club enjoyed a big turn out to start their 2019 season. Photo: Moree and District Netball Association.
SEASON BEGINS: The netball club enjoyed a big turn out to start their 2019 season. Photo: Moree and District Netball Association.

The Moree and District Netball Association season kicked off over the weekend, and with around 200 players registered, this season is set to be one of the biggest.

The club ran grading sessions for all players in the days leading up to the season starting on Saturday to try to make the teams as even as possible.

"That showed quite a lot of talent coming through which is good. We're aiming to do bigger and better things this year," Moree and District Netball Association vice president Hannah McLaren said.

Teams have been split into C grade, B grade as well as A grade which is a mix of junior and senior players.

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McLaren said the day went "really, really well" with numbers up from previous years.

There was also plenty on offer for the younger players, with Net Set Go running for all five to eight-year-olds.

"They just learn the basic skills of netball: catching, throwing, footwork, starting to work with a team. That's run by Sally Lavrey who does an amazing job every week," McLaren said.

This season also brings the return of the 'Knee Program', an initiative by Netball Australia to help avoid injuries.

"It's pretty much a warm-up to protect our knees and ankles because knees are the most predominant injury in netball," McLaren said.

"That warm-up aims to make sure we don't have any injuries. We just do stretches and dynamic exercises before we start to play.

"We started it last year but it's something that we're definitely continuing on with.

"We get some of the junior kids to actually run the sessions which is really good. It shows their leadership."

Moree will now take a couple of representative teams over to Inverell for a netball carnival this weekend.