Heat and humidity won't bother these Gladdy women
NETBALL: It will be a full Fijian experience for a number of Gladstone ladies and a chance to put triple Gladstone Netball Association premiers Yaralla Falcons on the world stage.
Falcons captain Melanie Dyball will lead a team of present and past players to represent ATEC Angels at the International Netball Festival (INF) Inc, which runs from tomorrow through to Friday week.
Premiership stars and Pam Moore Carnival champions Sue Tulloch, Katie Jacobsen, Sheenz Gilmour, Eden Johnson, Amy Harte, Jas Tupaea and Shelby Whitla are the others in the Angels team.
Dyball said the Gladstone heat and humidity would give the team an edge.
"There are 12-minute halves which we don't mind considering the heat and humidity over there," she said.
The team will play 12 games and maybe more.
"We play 12 games, then depending if we make finals, there will be another four games," Dyball said.
"We've never played in this particular competition, but we are aiming to definitely make the finals and hopefully take out the open division.
"They are now keen to show what Gladstone has to offer on the international stage."
INF president Jane Rushton said the annual event attracted players from all over the world.
"This year we'll welcome 43 teams from Australia, New Zealand and a number of Fijian teams," she told the Fiji Sun newspaper.
Rushton is somewhat of a pioneer because she founded the festival in 2011 on the Gold Coast where the event is also held annually in April. The first festival in Fiji was three years ago and the event has gained momentum and popularity.
"One of the main goals of INF Inc is to support the local Fijian communities by encouraging netballers from around the world to come together and play at the INF," Rushton said.
ATEC Angels are sponsored by ATEC, Saloon Protein and Tea Bar and Yaralla Sports Club.