Maryborough netballers return to training

Maryborough netballers such as (from front) Ava Harrison, Krystal Parker, Teagan Medlyn, Ash Medlyn and Amber Ross have enjoyed getting back into training and still have their fingers crossed for a 2020 season in the Bendigo FNL.

Belonging to one of the only country leagues in the state still standing, Maryborough Football Netball Club’s netballers have begun training just in case a season is announced.

Despite all other AFL Central Victoria leagues (Heathcote, Loddon Valley and North Central) having forfeited their 2020 seasons already and all other local competitions, the Maryborough Netball Association’s (MNA) winter season and the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League’s season now called off, the Bendigo Football Netball League (BFNL) is still miraculously standing in the wake of COVID-19.

With that in mind, Maryborough A grade coach Alicia Cassidy said a few weeks ago the Pies decided they’d better return to training.

“The BFNL still hasn’t called it quits and the other teams within the league have been training so as a committee we knew we had to get back on the track,” she said.

“We don’t want to be left behind if the league does get up and running and our girls were keen to get back together.

“Everyone’s been enjoying it, it is nice to see some faces and do something a little bit normal.

“It is a lot of work to get it happening each week. Between sanitising and marking out the positions on the court and actually running a training with distance and minimal equipment sharing is tough and that’s just for two trainings — I can’t imagine what game day would look like if we do play this year.”

For more on this story see Page 19 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 30

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