NEW START: Karen Petherick has been appointed as the Gladstone Netball Association president. She has replaced Sam Dippel. She is pictured with her 14-month-old daughter Hayley Massa.
NEW START: Karen Petherick has been appointed as the Gladstone Netball Association president. She has replaced Sam Dippel. She is pictured with her 14-month-old daughter Hayley Massa. Mike Richards GLA120118NBAL

Tireless mum jumps at new role

NETBALL: Karen Petherick will use all of her experience in her role as the new Gladstone Netball Association president.

The former Capricorn Claws player said to continue to grow the sport in Gladstone and surrounds is the aim as she sets to take over from Sam Dippel.

"Just to make sure that everyone in the Gladstone community knows about our netball competition and getting more people involved," Petherick said.

The new president also hopes to get males into playing the sport.

"That's definitely to be one of the things we are wanting to get done," she said.

Petherick explained that the new season will be structured in similar ways as in previous years.

"We've got obviously our juniors that start from under-11 through to 17-year-olds and then our seniors and that's our standard season," she said.

"Clubs are in the process of getting their teams sorted now that we had sign-on and everyone still continues to sign on now."

Plans are also in place to field Queensland Premier League teams in the Open, U18 and U16 age groups to compete in a statewide competition that is based on zones in which the Central Queensland region is known as Zone Two.

Petherick explained that the winner from each of the different zones goes through to the finals toward the end of the year in Brisbane.

"I believe there are 12 to 15 associations within our zone and trials will start this Wednesday so anyone who's interested can obviously come and get some training in," she said.

The CQ team will be announced after the month-long trial process.

Petherick moved from Brisbane four years ago and was involved in a few associations there.

"Obviously when I came to Gladstone, netball was probably one of the first things I looked into at finding out where I could play," she said.

With another child on the way in May, Petherick will have the year off from playing duties with the Magic club.

START DATES

QPL squad trials: Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7

Melissa O'Brien Talent Camp: March 3-4

2018 Season Launch Night: March 3. 6-9pm at Memorial Park

Grading: March 3

Fixtures: April 17

Go Nippers: April 24

Net Setters: May 2

Claws Dev't Day: May 12

Nett Setters finish: June 6

Pam Moore Carnival June 9-10

State Age: July 7-10

Awards night: Aug 18

Net Setters/Go Nippers finish: Aug 21

Go Nippers break-up:

Sept 8

Finals start: Aug 28

Grand Finals: Sept 8

Summer season start: Oct 9



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