FOREFRONT TO THE FUTURE: Melanie Dyball, Aleisha Paul and Emily McAdam, 11 today, will compete at the Pam Moore Netball Carnival today and tomorrow.
FOREFRONT TO THE FUTURE: Melanie Dyball, Aleisha Paul and Emily McAdam, 11 today, will compete at the Pam Moore Netball Carnival today and tomorrow. Matt Taylor GLA060618NETB

There's Moore netball action

NETBALL: Gladstone's biggest netball event of the calendar starts this morning and continues through tomorrow afternoon.

The Pam Moore Carnival extends into a two-day netball festival that will feature 70 teams, 29 more than last year.

Senior and junior teams from Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Blackwater, Emerald and Monto.

Experienced Yaralla Falcons player Melanie Dyball hopes her team's fortunes flow into the weekend.

"We've only lost one game and again we have got a lot of juniors again in our team this year," she said.

"Even for Pam Moore we've only got three seniors and the rest are coming up to play two divisions, so they're playing in the team I also coach and then backing up in the A-grade."

Dyball will also coach the Yaralla Flamingos team in the Cadet division and she said Pam Moore has had a significant impact at Yaralla.

"She's the original founder of Yaralla...we were Dynamics and Calliope and she's been with us for a long time and I've been coached by her," she said.

It's also a special weekend for youngster Emily McAdam who turns 11 today.

Aside from presents, Emily is expecting her team to lead the way.

"I'm expecting lots of wins and for us to play great as a team," she said.

Emily plays as a goal attack while fellow promising junior Flamingos player Aleisha Paul is just 13 year's old and stands at an impressive 185cm.

"I started playing netball when I was 11 and then I got into different teams," defender Aleisha said.

Of those teams was the Regional Development Squad for 2018 and older sister Montell is a training partner with Capricorn Claws.

"I'm hoping to follow in her footsteps because that'll be pretty cool," Aleisha said.

Queensland Premier League convener Sam Dippell said it's brilliant that there are more teams.

"It's a massive step up and it really shows that us Gladstone people can put on a really great event," she said.

Action is from 8am-5.30pm today and 8am-2.30pm tomorrow.



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