Lorikeets' Ella Casey in the Gladstone junior netball between Yaralla Lorikeets and Valleys Turquoise.
Lorikeets' Ella Casey in the Gladstone junior netball between Yaralla Lorikeets and Valleys Turquoise. Paul Braven GLA240517JNRNET

Gladstone netball keeps an eye on the future with big plans

NETBALL: There are some exciting news on the eve of the Gladstone Netball Association season on and after its sign-on day on February 2 between 9-11am.

A new and improved NETSETGO program will be introduced and co-ordinator Samantha Dippel explains its advantages. "Firstly we are introducing a new and improved NETSETGO program for our young netballers age 5-10," she said.

"Our young netball stars playing the awesome game of netball with a more structured approach."

The GNA will also offer a free four-week training program in March to cater for children age 8-10. "It will help us incorporate existing players and new players into the changes to the program."

Should players join a club, they also have the chance to attend Queensland Premier League trials in Bundaberg April 27-28, May 4-5, July 20-21 and Rockhampton in June (date to be determined).

The QPL state titles will be held on October 4-5.

"With the zone having changed from Gladstone to Mackay, we are now going south and playing all associations between Rockhampton and Caboolture," Dippel said.

"This is very exciting for our QPL teams to gain more competition playing against some of the biggest southern associations. It is also a great opportunity for our coaches and umpires to be a part of the new changes implemented by Netball Queensland." The under-15 to U12 representative trials are also on March 6-7 for players who will be involved in the state titles in July.

"This year we are expanding our search for representative netballers and look to have two teams per each age groups where the second team will participate with the locally represented netball competitions in Rockhampton, Cap Coast and Bundaberg," Dippel said.

The association will conduct an umpiring development plan in which all umpires to receive payments.

"Our development plan will include having mentors train our beginners on junior games and include the chance to be badged more easily throughout the year." Dippel said.