Camden netballers over-joyed to get back on the court

Macarthur netballers were stoked to get back on the court last weekend. Picture: C&DNA
Macarthur netballers were stoked to get back on the court last weekend. Picture: C&DNA

There was no big parade or even any political dignitaries to kick start the Camden and District netball season this year.

Last Saturday's games were a far cry from the extravagances of past years with a simple banner saying welcoming players back to the courts.

However, anyone at the Narellan Sports Hub would have been struck by the smiling faces and excitement radiating in the air.

Camden and District Netball Association (C&DNA) president Anthony Plater said volunteers and association members had put in a lot of work behind the scenes to get the 2020 season under way.

"From the C&DNA executive team, who have been absolutely incredible with what they have had to deal with, to the club committee members to help steer the members through what has been a minefield of information, actions and change, and to our club coaches and players who have had to adapt to new ways of training and preparation and paperwork," he said.

"We, the entire association has embodied the 'we are all in this together' approach and truly displayed unity and community spirit to get us through these challenges."

Liverpool, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Netball Associations have all had to cancel their winter competitions, leaving Camden with the only netball competition in the Macarthur Region.

The season finally launched on July 25 after two false alarms due to changing Covid-19 restrictions.

The association had offered refunds twice should their members wish not to play given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

"It is true some members did decide not to play but for the most part the junior members remained determine to play netball," Mr Plater said.

"This year Camden has 32 net/set/go teams, 53 junior teams, 29 intermediate teams and 27 Junior Division Team (15-17yrs).

"That is a total of 109 junior teams.

"On Saturday with 157 teams playing proudly under the banner of C&DNA , everyone got to forget about fires, droughts, unemployment and Covid-19 for a while and just enjoy their sport."

In the seniors 14 teams of the original 68 teams returned to play.

However, a team from Wollondilly and one Campbelltown joined forces giving Camden 16 senior teams.