Beach netball a hit

Netball trial ends with rave reviews and a demand to make summer beach netball regular highlight of Gisborne’s social calendar.

Netball trial ends with rave reviews and a demand to make summer beach netball regular highlight of Gisborne’s social calendar.

DAYS OF SUMMER PAST: Action from the first week of Gisborne Netball Centre's beach netball social league, which finished this week. Picture supplied

GISBORNE’S experiment with summer beach netball wrapped up on Tuesday night to rave reviews and a demand to make it a regular highlight of the city’s social calendar for both genders.

Gisborne Netball Centre manager Allisa Hall said Gisborne was the first New Zealand netball centre to play beach netball as a social competition, apart from a one-off tournament about 17 years ago.

“We had 12 teams entered, approximately 100-120 players per week, which is a great start because the twilight league running from October to December started with 14 teams in its first year.

“Response to beach netball has been great. People wanted more of it.”

Ms Hall said now the trial was over, GNC would review a completed survey from participants to see how the beach format could be tweaked to improve it further for a comeback next year.

This year mixed teams of all ages competed, mostly for fun and prizes, at the beach volleyball pitch at Midway Beach.

“We also have other ideas for it to expand more. We just need to take it to our planning table and figure out the details.”

The hard court netball season starts on Saturday with the annual Kathleen Henderson Memorial Tournament.

GISBORNE’S experiment with summer beach netball wrapped up on Tuesday night to rave reviews and a demand to make it a regular highlight of the city’s social calendar for both genders.

Gisborne Netball Centre manager Allisa Hall said Gisborne was the first New Zealand netball centre to play beach netball as a social competition, apart from a one-off tournament about 17 years ago.

“We had 12 teams entered, approximately 100-120 players per week, which is a great start because the twilight league running from October to December started with 14 teams in its first year.

“Response to beach netball has been great. People wanted more of it.”

Ms Hall said now the trial was over, GNC would review a completed survey from participants to see how the beach format could be tweaked to improve it further for a comeback next year.

This year mixed teams of all ages competed, mostly for fun and prizes, at the beach volleyball pitch at Midway Beach.

“We also have other ideas for it to expand more. We just need to take it to our planning table and figure out the details.”

The hard court netball season starts on Saturday with the annual Kathleen Henderson Memorial Tournament.

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