Murraylands netballers hit the courts

Game on: Tailem Bend Netball Club's Emily Edwards, centre, with players Gabrielle Swan, Georigia Nagel, Ivy Koch and Shylie Mason on Friday night.
Game on: Tailem Bend Netball Club's Emily Edwards, centre, with players Gabrielle Swan, Georigia Nagel, Ivy Koch and Shylie Mason on Friday night.

THE Tailem Bend Netball Club has kick started a season for the junior netballers from around the region.

The junior competition is running during the school term for girls and boys aged nine to 16 years old and will run until September 25.

The 10-week season has two divisions for different age groups with nine teams from all over the Murraylands and the Mallee.

Tailem Bend's Friday night junior competition came together after the River Murray Netball Association was forced to abandon the 2020 season before it began due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government restrictions on public gatherings.

However, with restrictions easing, Tailem Bend took the opportunity to hold a competition for children around the region "to get as many children on the court as possible" the club said in an online post.

"Our aim is to provide an opportunity for all players to further develop their skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere."

Also hitting the netball courts are players from Jervois with the Bluds entering senior and a junior teams in neighbouring leagues.

The Jervois Bluds Netball Club announced at the start of the month their A grade would participate in the Southern United Netball Association while the club's B1 grade and under 13 teams are participating in the Mid Hills Netball Association.

And, in more good news for junior players, River Murray Netball Association president Tania Adler said the association was planning a junior carnival at the end of August for players from all clubs.

She said all River Murray clubs have expressed their intent to participate in a junior carnival on August 30 at Christian Reserve with 11 and under, 13 and under, 15 and under and 17 and under grades to play.

"We are hopeful that the junior carnival is well supported by all clubs," Adler said.

In action: Players participate in Friday night's junior netball competition at the Tailem Bend Netball Club courts.

In action: Players participate in Friday night's junior netball competition at the Tailem Bend Netball Club courts.