QUICK PASS: Gabby Parker of the under-15 and -16 team passing the ball to team mate Jasmine Houlder.
QUICK PASS: Gabby Parker of the under-15 and -16 team passing the ball to team mate Jasmine Houlder. Contributed

Dalby girls shoot high for carnival

NETBALL: Dalby Interdistrict Netball teams have been training hard every week and, on Sunday, the girls showed off their skills at the Interdistrict Carnival hosted by Dalby Netball Association.

The carnival was originally set to take place at the Dalby PCYC, but had to be moved to Nell E. Robinson Park, in Toowoomba, due to a clash in scheduling.

Despite the change in plans, Dalby Netball Association president Sharon Lindsay said it was a fantastic day.

"It was a bit tricky but there was a small army of us who moved all the food, and our canteen convener did an amazing job.,” Ms Lindsay said.

"There are eight teams from the Dalby district playing in the competition this year, ranging from under-12 to open ages.

"Our Dalby girls are going really well and on Saturday, most of our girls won most of their games,” she said.

The interdistrict competition includes teams from Dalby, Chinchilla, Warwick, Goondoowindi, Stanthorpe, Fassifern, Toowoomba, Highfields and Lockyer.

The carnivals take place roughly every four weeks on a Sunday, when the teams each play four 40-minute games.

Each carnival is hosted by a different district to give players and their families a chance to see the other towns around the region.

Lindsay said the interdistrict carnival is a great way for the players to improve their skills.

"I think the sheer number of games the girls play really helps them to improve each carnival,” she said.

"It helps build resilience, too, because they have to get up ridiculously early to travel to each carnival, then play all day and still manage to go to school the next day.

"I just really enjoy watching the girls improve in their netball, and there are actually a number of girls hoping to pursue this sport as far as they can go,” she said.

The next interdistrict carnival will be at Laidley, where the Dalby teams are hoping to make it into the first division for finals, which will be played in July.


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