NetFest destination for annual cross-country trek

10911242_10203968499120114_7962150124281625186_oIt’s around this time of the year a group of passionate netballers in the West Australian city of Mandurah start their annual countdown to NetFest.

For the past few years the group has made the trek across the country to the Gold Coast play in Netball Australia’s mass participation event and is again looking forward to being part of the 2015 event from 8-11 October.

Having taken part in the outdoor competition for a couple of years, the team switched to the beach action in 2014. This year they’ve rounded up enough players to enter two teams in the beach netball – a mixed social and a women’s social team.

Their association all started when Lizzy George saw NetFest advertised before the inaugural event back in 2011 and thought it would be a fun competition to be part of.

“The first year I came over by myself and I was put in a mixed team with others but I had such a great time and am still very close friends with a few,” George said.546907_445655142159848_1251767164_n

Slowly she was able to convince others to come across with her. Daughter Allara-Ann and a couple of her good friends that play socially with George in Mandurah competitions have accompanied her the past couple of years.

“We basically have the same core team and last year we decided to play the beach,” she said.

“We came second last year and we were stoked with that.

1000000_10201026925102602_2135716421_n“As soon as our netball competitions start seriously, we start rounding up players. The atmosphere is amazing and we’re all there for one reason and that’s because we love to play netball and have fun. It really is the end of our netball year and we love coming over to Queensland.

“I’ve been playing netball since I was eight years old and umpiring since I was 12. I still umpire three times a week and play two or three times a week.”

It’s a family affair for the mixed social team this year as George said it’s made up of a husband and wife, mother and daughter and brother and sister.

NetFest has grown in popularity every year and attracts thousands of people like George from across Australia and New Zealand.

It’s not too late to enter a team for NetFest this year and be part of the fun. Entries close on Monday, 17 August so click here to register your team or to find out more details about the event.