High hopes for future of netball's Premier League
A SUCCESSFUL first round of Queensland Netball's Premier League has left Hervey Bay opens coach Kerrianne Farrelly hopeful of a bright future.
Hervey Bay hosted the first round of the new under-16s. U18s and opens competition last week.
Teams from Bundaberg, Nambour, Nanango & District and Noosa participated, though only Bundaberg and Nambour fielded a team in each of the three grades.
While Hervey Bay enjoyed mixed success, Farrelly said she believed this was the first step towards an even bigger Premier League in years to come.
"We should get more teams involved next year,” Farrelly said.
The QPL is split into four Cups: Central Queensland, Far North, South East Queensland and South West Queensland.
CQ, FNQ and SWQ are split into two zones, with the winner of each zone to play off for the Cup. The three Cup winners will play the top two SEQ teams to crown the QPL winner.
Zone 4, in which Hervey Bay competed, is home to 12 associations. Only five competed this year, but that should grow.
"The other sides may not have known as much about it but I'm sure there will be more for next year.”
Bundaberg dominated the opening round in all three divisions - all three teams are undefeated.
Hervey Bay beat Nambour 32-19 in their first opens match, but fell to Bundaberg 37-15 in the second.
"The whole Bundaberg team plays for the (Wide Bay) Thundercats so for me it was outstanding,” Farrelly said. "They train and play together quite often.
"With our girls, we had about four sessions and Sunday was the first time they played together.”
Hervey Bay's U16s won one of their three games.
The QPL was an introduction to higher level of competition for the team, who will learn from the experience ahead of the second round. Hervey Bay hosts the second round on Sunday, July 16.