Lower Clarence netball teams take on state’s best

cvreview images   Geoff Helisma Four Lower Clarence Netball Association (LCNA) teams are contesting this week’s state age carnival in Sydney (June 26 to June 29). Thirty-five of the association’s “finest” netball players and 13 officials are attending the event, which is one of the largest female sporting events in the southern hemisphere, according to Netball NSW, and is hosted by several associations across the city. The LCNA is sending 12-, 13-, 14- and 15-year-old teams – the 12s and 15s will compete in Division 4, hosted by the Hawkesbury association, and the 13s and 14s will competed in Division 3, hosted by the Penrith association. Lower Clarence representative convenor, Liz Sumner, said, “the dedicated girls have been training weekly at our home courts in Maclean on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and also competing and gaining valuable experience and coaching at regional carnivals”. “This year has seen us travel to Casino, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Nambucca-Byron, Grafton and also hosting our own carnival at Maclean courts in late May,” she said. It has taken a good deal of fundraising to pay for the trip, too, with a budget of $690 per player. “The girls and their families have spent much of the season raising funds and seeking sponsorship,” Ms Sumner said. “Fundraising activities included selling chocolates, raffles, barbecues and a very successful movie night. “This has required lots of support and sponsorship from local businesses within our community and we would like to thank [them all]: we would be not making the trip without their generous contributions.” Ms Sumner also gave kudos to “the coaches and team managers who have trained the girls and looked after their welfare throughout the season”. “They put in a lot of hard work and dedication to make sure all the players are fit and ready to head to Sydney,” she said. Each team will play 21 games in round robin events, to vie for a coveted state championship trophy.