Tanya Gempton from the Maryborough Guns only had eyes for the ball as she takes a pass at the PCYC.
Tanya Gempton from the Maryborough Guns only had eyes for the ball as she takes a pass at the PCYC. Alistair Brightman

Master-ful display by Cannons

A TEAM of Maryborough netballers gate-crashed Hervey Bay's party on Saturday.

The Maryborough Cannons won the sixth annual Hervey Bay PCYC Masters two-day netball carnival.

Six teams, whose line-ups included players ranging in age from 30 to over 50, contested the tournament, but it was the Cannons who fired the winning shots.

They beat defending champions, Gympie, 22-19 in the grand final.

Each team played six games before the top two clashed in the grand finale.

Organiser and umpire Sue Chardon, who would have played for Hervey Bay had she had the time, said the tournament had been a good one.

“It has always been popular and it was no different this time around,” she said.

“All the players had a ball but I reckon a few were cursing me yesterday,” she laughed.

“Playing six games is a pretty big effort at our age – I am sure there would have been some sore and sorry bodies yesterday.

“At least they've got 12 months to recover.

“The important thing is that we all love netball and we are all still able to play it.”

Chardon said she was sure that the tournament, which used to be part of the annual Maryborough Masters Games, would continue to flourish.

“We have already put the ball in play for next year,” she said.

“There could be another couple of new teams in action – that would be great.”



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