Waking up early on a Saturday morning and pulling on a netball dress in the dead of winter is a tradition that many locals have partaken in for over 70 years, but the Maryborough Netball Association (MNA) is changing the status quo in 2020.
The MNA has scrapped its seven-decade long Saturday netball competition in favour of a Tuesday night fixture under lights from next year.
Starting in March and ending with the grand final in June, the midweek competition will still offer the same grades ranging from under 11s to seniors at the MNA’s netball complex on Carrick Street.
MNA treasurer Deanne Bontoft said the radical move from Saturday netball was made to keep the competition sustainable.
“Moving it to Tuesday means that it’s no longer in competition with the district league on a Saturday and also it opens the door for people who
are tied up on Saturdays,” she said. “We’re also starting a lot earlier in the season and finishing earlier as well, normally finals are around the end of August but next year’s will be in June.
“We’ve got the facilities to play at night which we want to utilise, it’d be great to have the courts full with multiple games under lights every week.
“We’re such a huge training ground for umpires locally as well and that’s something we’re really proud of. But they don’t get the opportunity to learn and do the work unless we have five or six teams in the same age group.
For more information about the Tuesday night competition or the resource manager position, head to the MNA Facebook page.
Registration must be completed by February 17, 2020.
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