FRASER Coast's two netball associations walked away from the final round of the Wide Bay Regional Netball Carnival in Maryborough empty handed, but are gaining ground on Bundaberg.
Bundaberg prevailed in all five age divisions but Maryborough and Hervey Bay both enjoyed considerable improvement and showed signs they will soon be a force to be reckoned with after strong performances on Sunday.
Maryborough's youngest representative team, the under-11s, went undefeated on its home court on Sunday to finish the competition equal second, but was pushed back to third overall on a countback.
The team claimed two wins during the first round in Bundaberg and lost two games by two goals or less.
Coach Kasey Brischke said the girls picked up from where they left off in May and felt they were a team to look out for in future years.
"I'm very proud of all of them," she said.
"They all put in a lot of hard work and deserve their success.
"It's fantastic, especially for Maryborough."
Captain Siena Pittard was instrumental in defence and was rewarded for her efforts in gaining the Most Valuable Player award.
"She's an unbelievable player and she is going to go a long way," Brischke said of Pittard.
"She's a very consistent player, hard working and never gives up ... a good role model for the rest of the girls."
Hervey Bay's under-14 team was unlucky not to end Bundaberg's dominance, finishing equal first after losing one of its 10 matches, but was pipped on a countback, while the under-13 outfit also came runner-up.
Under-14 coach Soraya Dredge said the results showed the association is catching Bundaberg.
"Across the board, the U11s, U12s, U13s and U14s all improved from a couple of months ago," she said.
"That improvement in that period of time comes from the extra training the girls are putting in which is very encouraging for Hervey Bay."
U13 goal attack Brooke Hall capped a sensational carnival by being named MVP.
The busy representative season continues this weekend with Hervey Bay sending three teams to Townsville for the Sunshine Carnival.
Final results from the Wide Bay Regional Netball Carnival
U11: Overall winner Bundaberg Strikers; runner up Bundaberg Crackers; MVP Siena Pittard (Maryborough)
U12: Overall winner Bundaberg 6; runner up Kingaroy 2; MVP Holly Bryant (Gayndah)
U13: Overall winner Bundaberg 4; runner up Hervey Bay; MVP Brooke Hall (Hervey Bay)
U14: Overall winner Bundaberg 2; runner up Hervey Bay; MVP Emma Franz (Nanango)
U15: Overall winner Bundaberg 1; runner up Nanango 3; MVP Chloe Spry (Gayndah)