Thousands expected to attend annual Wagga representative netball carnival

FUTURE STARS: Barellan's Maddison Casey in action at a representative game at Wagga's Bolton Park Stadium earlier in the year.
FUTURE STARS: Barellan's Maddison Casey in action at a representative game at Wagga's Bolton Park Stadium earlier in the year.

More than 1000 netballers from across country NSW and Victoria will converge on Wagga for the annual representative carnival on Sunday.

Wagga Netball believe it may be their biggest representative carnival to date with 117 teams from 21 different associations to take part.

Netball associations from as far as Eurobodalla, Sapphire Coast, Wangaratta, Queanbeyan, Cowra, Lake Cargelligo and Orange will make their way to Wagga for the popular carnival.

Wagga Netball’s carnival coordinator Stephanie Anderson said there were a number of factors that make the carnival so attractive to visitors.

“Comments that we get from some of the associations are just that it is very well run,” Anderson said.

“We get a lot of very competitive teams and being a regional location it is pretty central for everyone and we get coastal and metro teams as well as some associations further west than us.”

The carnival caters for a number of representative teams in the lead up to the state championships and state age championships in June and July.

The teams range from 11 years to open age and about 3000 people are expected at Wagga Netball Centre on Sunday.

This year with so many numbers, courts have been made on the neighbouring Parramore Park to help cater for the amount of games.

“Thankfully, our new stadium should give us the capacity to cater for this demand in years to come,” Anderson said.

Anderson expects Wagga’s teams to prove more than competitive on their home courts.

“Our teams are pretty much the best of the best in terms of non-metro teams,” she said.

“We’re expecting that most of our teams will come out on top of their divisions.”

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