Moree and District Netball Association Saturday competition returns with strong numbers

Moree and District Netball Association's Saturday competition has finally returned, much to the delight of players and parents, with strong numbers registering for the shortened season.

More than 100 girls have registered for this season, which MDNA publicity officer Sarah Kirkby said is excellent.

"We've also had heaps of girls at training on Wednesday afternoons," she said.

"Our training numbers have increased dramatically.

"I think because of COVID, the girls missed term two and half of term one, so they were itching to get back into team sport and be with their friends.

"And for the parents, it's a really good way to get back into the community again."

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With an influx of registrations, the club have added a D grade into this year's competition, with four teams in B grade and six teams in C and D grades, as well as the Net Set Go players.

Round one of this year's competition began on Saturday, July 25, with the girls taking the court for the first time since last year.

There are a number of changes this year as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

There are now designated entry and exit points to the netball courts and no spectators are allowed, which means parents have to stand outside the fence.

However, Ms Kirkby said this has actually been a positive because it's allowed the umpires to offer more coaching to the girls.

"Previously it was really noisy on the side of the courts with parents yelling, so it was hard for the umpires to umpires and girls couldn't hear what they'd done wrong," she said.

"So it's a really lovely chance for the umpires to coach the kids."

And, because there is no competition this year due to the shortened season, teams are just playing for fun.

"Everyone's just grateful that we've got games on," Ms Kirkby said.

"We've even got girls from Narrabri and Mungindi travelling to play in our competition, because theirs didn't go ahead."

The Saturday competition will run every Saturday morning until the end of term three. Training is on Wednesday afternoons from 3.45pm to 4.45pm.