Netballers gear up for cup action

A QUARTER of Tasmania's netball players will launch into action when the Northern Tasmania Netball Association holds its preseason cup over the next two weeks.

And chairman Andy Stuart wants the largest association in Tasmania to keep growing.

"Averaged over the past three years, the NTNA has seen an increase of 8 per cent in participation and is looking towards continuing this growth in the years ahead," he said.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for 2012, some 220,000 Aussie girls aged 5-14 took part in netball and the NTNA is one of 10 affiliated associations that form Netball Tasmania.

Stuart said these figures do not extend to family participation in volunteering, coaching, managing and umpiring the thousands of rostered games across the season.

The NTNA also provides a development path to participants through age-based rosters, senior The NTNA also provides a development path to participants through age-based rosters, senior rosters at the Silverdome, state representative teams, two teams in the Tasmanian Netball League including the reigning champion Cavaliers plus Australian and Institute of Sport representatives.

Held on consecutive Saturdays, the pre- season cup will see more than 280 games played by 80 teams featuring 700 players.

This Saturday will feature round robin games which conclude next week along with a free clinic for 8-10-year-olds hosted by the Cavaliers and Northern Hawks.

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