Local netball ‘gets’ big change
Thursday, 30th January, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
The Broken Hill Netball Association has made a big change to the local netball competition.
Instead of two separate seasons a year there will be one long season.
Previously, the Broken Hill netball year consisted of a spring and a winter season, each 12 weeks long.
This year the season will run from February 25 to November 17, featuring 26 rounds plus three rounds of finals.
There are scheduled breaks throughout for school holidays and a mid-season break which amounts to nine weeks’ off across the duration of the season.
BH Netball Association President, Parree Cadd, said it should be a positive change.
“We thought with a longer season, especially with seniors, we can expand and have more teams in one grade so our senior players have more opportunity to play more teams and we have the time to do that then with the longer season,” said Paree.
“There’s less admin for the executive. It’s one set up each year rather than two because it’s a lot to set up a season, and then doing the two and the increase to the fees and Netball SA structure, we now get charged for a second season for players as well, so that influenced the decision to make it cheaper for our players.
“We can get more games in, finish earlier ready for the Christmas rush and make the competition fairer for each grade if there’s byes and forfeits and so forth,” said Parree.
“We thought we’d give it a whirl and see how it goes. At the end we’ll get the feedback from the members to see whether they liked the one long season, the fee structure, the part payments and see how we move forward in the future.”
Parree said the change will have an impact on the competition.
“I think more positive than negative. More with being able to open the competition up and having longer seasons so we can put more teams into each grade to play each other,” she said.
“The fee structure may be a negative, as the fees have increased, but being able to offer a payment plan to pay those fees off is a positive as well.”
Parree encouraged more people to get involved in the sport, as it was great was to socialise and keep fit.
“We have a great netball community, it’s more of a family get together on a Tuesday night, and it’s a fun opportunity to catch up with your friends and family.”
The BHNA is still open to the possibility of a boys’ competition and is looking for expressions of interest.
“Eleven and under still play as mixed, but we encourage 14s, 17s and open seniors to express interest as we’re still looking at running a male competition.
“We’re looking forward to another great season,” said Parree.
Team nomination day is on Sunday, February 9. You may email them to email@example.com or bring them into the club rooms between 9am and 11am.
“Grading will happen on that day and we’ll do the admin stuff and people will be able to register and start paying on the 19th of February,” she said.
“We will be having a My Netball Help Day on the 23rd of February from 10am until 12pm if you have any problems registering, because you need to be registered before you play your first game.”
The dates of each round, including specialty rounds such as the ANZAC Memorial and Pink Round, are on the BHNA Facebook Page.
The executive is also seeking people to be umpires. They are paid positions and anyone interested may contact the association via the Facebook page or email them.