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Mixing up netball has paid off

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2011

GAME ON: Tori Clark and Jordi Kappe practice yesterday in preparation for tonight’s match. GAME ON: Tori Clark and Jordi Kappe practice yesterday in preparation for tonight’s match.

The BH Netball Association has seen a jump in interest in the round-robin mixed gender games which conclude tonight when eight teams take to the O’Neill Park courts.

Treasurer Leah Carr said the sport had proven popular with young men, especially football players.

“We’d like to keep it going but we think it’ll clash with football, especially U/18s that play on Wednesday night,” Ms Carr said.

Ms Carr said the association might consider switching the games to Tuesday nights.

“We don’t want to take numbers away from other sports.”

Secretary Tamica Sparrow said there were no problems with any of the matches.

“We haven’t had any rough play in any of the games,” Ms Sparrow said.

She pointed out that while there won’t be any winners or losers tonight, every player will be rewarded.

“Everyone that plays in mixed will get a trophy of some sorts.”

Footballer Jordie Kappe, 17, said the Wednesday night matches gave him something good to do.

“It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” the West player said.

His opponent, 16-year-old Tori Clark, acknowledged she didn’t fear being hurt during the matches against the boys.

“The speed is really in your face,” she said.

Toasted cheese sandwiches will be available for sale tonight and presentations will be held at the conclusion of the matches.

The final mixed matches precede the netball semi-final and the grand final on December 7.

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