In less than a month, over 1,700 netballers from across Australia and New Zealand will converge on the Gold Coast for NetFest 2013.
Now in its third year, NetFest is Netball Australia’s mass participation netball festival for players aged 18 and over.
From 17 to 20 October, a record 200 teams will contest either the outdoor or beach netball tournaments.
As well as the all-important on-court action, “NetFesters” will have the opportunity to soak up all that makes the Gold Coast such a popular holiday destination. NetFest is very much about having a ball both on and off the court!
A big contingent of teams from Queensland’s Griffith University have entered the mixed beach netball competition after spreading the word through their Brisbane and Gold Coast campuses about how much fun they had at last year’s event.
“Last year we put in two teams and this year we’ve got four teams from the Gold Coast and two from Brisbane,” team spokesperson Ashley Ngauamo said.
“I also know there’s also a lot of Griffith students playing in the outdoor competition but with different groups of people.”
Ashley expects there to be some friendly banter on the court as both campuses look to claim bragging rights over the other.
“This year we played against the Brisbane campus in the final of the regional university games final and they beat us by a couple of goals,” she said.
“Last year we won, so there’s a bit of an on-going rivalry. But we’re all friends off the court.”
Ashley said “word of mouth” helped her discover NetFest.
“We play regularly on Monday and Tuesday nights and people were talking about how enjoyable NetFest was,” she said.
“When we looked into it, the beach aspect appealed to us – something a bit different but also a bit of fun.
“Everyone is there to enjoy themselves and have fun, which is good. We’re always saying to others it’s the most fun you can have playing netball!”
The added bonus of being involved in NetFest 2013 is the opportunity to watch the Australian Diamonds take on the Malawi Queens in their final international Test match before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The game is being played at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre at night on Saturday 19 October, with the NetFest Party being held at the same venue immediately after the match. The perfect way to unwind with friends after a long day on the court!
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