Teams tough it out in netball Spring nights' finals

A high standard of netball was on display when the finals of the Forbes Netball Spring Night competitions were played in both ladies and mixed competitions.

In the ladies finals, Hughes & Co defeated Chunky Pies 44-29.

Minor Premiers Hughes & Co played a polished game against Chunky Pies, who also played strong competitive netball.

The game was contested by all players in all quarters, with spectators watching the high standard of netball being played.

All players put in huge efforts, with Hughes' defender Nicole Mee and centre court Natalie Carthew leading the way for their team.

The teams went goal for goal in the first quarter, with Hughes ahead 9-7.

Hughes drew ahead in the second quarter, with the score 21-13 at half time.

Chunky Pies goal keeper Carmen Jelbart and goal defence Monique Pointon kept their team in the game with centre Ellie Flick also playing strong netball.

The third quarter saw Hughes increase their lead with the goal count 14-3, with Hughes shooter Rell White shooting accurately.

The final quarter went to Chunky Pies 13-9, with defender Brianna Duncan playing great netball for her team.

Hughes' wing defence Kylie Sherritt also had a strong game, scoring many intercepts.

Best and Fairest award for the Ladies competition was won by Ella Higgins who played in Ruff Nek Ring Ins.

The mixed title went to Gundamain Guns who defeated RBCC 43-24.

Minor Premiers Gundamain Guns played very strong netball from the first whistle dominating the game and outscoring RBCC 20-3 in the first quarter.

Centre for Gundamain Ed Thomas lead the way for his team, with strong passing into the goal circle and scoring many intercepts.

Gundamain Shooter Shannon Hurley was extremely accurate, shooting goals from all parts of the circle.

Half time score was 27-9 to Gundamain with RBCC picking up the pace in the second quarter and contesting every pass, with one goal the difference in the quarter.

RBCC fought back in the third quarter with Jono Morrell and Brianna Duncan playing a high standard of netball, and their team won the quarter by 10-4.

The final quarter went to Gundamain, 12-5, with Gundamain's Nat Carthew, and RBCC's Kristy Butler never giving up for the full game.

The game swapped around each quarter, depending on the playing positions for each team, but Gundamain were consistent and played controlled netball throughout.

Best and Fairest award for the Mixed competition was won by Jayden Scott who played in NSG to Postie.

Thank you to all the umpires who have helped to keep the competitions being played. Without umpires there would be no games.

Thank you to all the helpers who did the volunteering office duty, so games would be played on time.

Office duty was brought in for the first time this year, by a decision from players at a monthly meeting, and it has been a huge help so all games could be played on time, and goal post pads put up and down.

Thank you to Vanessa who volunteered to organise the office duty on behalf of the players.

Looking to the new year, the Annual General Meeting of the FNA will be held on Thursday February 20 2020 at 7 pm at the Forbes Services Memorial Club.

Applications for Executive and committee positions close one month prior to AGM.

All applications should be emailed to Secretary Melissa email

Entries for the FNA Autumn night competitions for both mixed and ladies teams close at the monthly meeting to be held immediately after the AGM.

The competitions will run from February until June 2020.

No competitions will be played during the school holidays.