Harvey Netball Association prepares for upcoming beginning of play for 2023 with Season Start-Up event

Coralee Italiano & Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Matilda Cumbers prepares to defend against shooter Alyssa Baggetta, 14, as umpire Audrey Canillada watches on.
Camera IconMatilda Cumbers prepares to defend against shooter Alyssa Baggetta, 14, as umpire Audrey Canillada watches on. Credit: Supplied

The official start of the Harvey netball season may still be a month away, but the game has already returned to courts in the town.

The Harvey Netball Association held its first event of 2023 on April 3, with a Season Start-Up night held at the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre.

About 60 returning and prospective players took part in practising their skills and playing friendly matches, with plenty of fun, prizes and giveaways.

Association development officer Miranda Narducci said the night was designed for those who were new to the sport and wanted to give it a try, alongside the association’s registered players.

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She said it was an exciting time for the association, with interest in the sport growing and the association set to have two representative teams this year.

“It will be the first time in many years that the (HNA) will take teams to the Fuel to Go and Play Championships in Perth in June,” Ms Narducci said.

The association thanked local MLA Robyn Clarke and the South West Development Commission for a State Government grant which has allowed it to purchase much needed equipment, uniforms and resources for the upcoming season.

Ms Narducci said season fixtures start on May 15, with games being played on Monday evenings at the HRCC.

“There’s still plenty of time to register,” she said.

Girls aged 5-17 and boys aged 5-12 can register to play, with more information on the HNA Facebook page.

Expressions of interest are also open for those interested in coaching and umpiring during the coming season.

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