Netballers look the part

Monday, 17th September, 2012

(L-R) Joletta DeGoumois, Judy Hoare of the BH Community Credit Union, Cheryl Cuy of the BH Netball Association and Brittany Hendy. (L-R) Joletta DeGoumois, Judy Hoare of the BH Community Credit Union, Cheryl Cuy of the BH Netball Association and Brittany Hendy.

By Ben Sheffield

Three Broken Hill teams who will this week travel to Bankstown for the Sister City Sporting Exchange will be competing in brand new uniforms after a donation from a local business.

A senior team, an under 17 and an under 13 team will represent the city at the annual event.

The exchange, which sees Broken Hill and Bankstown take it in turns to host the visitors, has been running for more than 25 years.

The event will also include cultural events and visits from some Bankstown council delegates.

Broken Hill Netball Association Vice- President, Kylie Kappe, said that it was the first time that the Association has taken such a young team on the trip.

"It's really exciting for them to be going away as part of the sporting exchange.

"The Sister City Exchange has been struggling a little bit because of a lack of numbers, so it's great to have the young ones involved. They're the
future, they're the ones who can keep it going," she said.

Broken Hill is taking a squad of 27 girls, which is a substantial increase on some of the more recent trips, according to Kylie Kappe.

"It's the biggest squad we've taken in a few years. A few years ago we only took one team, and another time recently it was two teams," she said.

A unique part of the exchange has older competitors placed with host families for the week that they are in Bankstown.

"A lot of the girls end up forming close friendships with families in Bankstown," Ms Kappe said.

"In the past we've seen some of these friendships literally become lifetime friendships and we certainly hope there will be more made this time around."

The players will also be looking the part, courtesy of new uniforms which were purchased with a donation from the Broken Hill Community
Credit Union.

"The new dresses are great; we've had those old pleated skirts for more than 10 years," Ms Kappe said.

"It will really help when we go away to state competitions and that sort of things, we'll have uniforms to go away in.

"In the past, when we've gone away, we've had to borrow uniforms from other associations, so this is a really good thing. We're very, very
thankful that the Credit Union helped us out with the cost of the uniforms.

"They've also indicated that they'll be willing to help us with our upgrades we've got planned for the future, so we're very pleased for them to come on as a partner for that." .

The teams are set to leave for Bankstown on Friday and will be away for one week, coinciding with the spring school holidays.

Netball games will be played on Monday 24th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of September at the Revesby Workers, Sport and Recreation Club.

Cricket will also be a feature of this year's Sister City Exchange, with local cricketers play teams from Bankstown on Monday the 24th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th at Marco Reserve, Kelso Park, Killara Reserve and Smith Park.