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WE WANT YOU! New netball competition beginning

WE WANT YOU: Gladstone Netball Association president Sam Dippel is chasing players for their Fast 5 competition.
WE WANT YOU: Gladstone Netball Association president Sam Dippel is chasing players for their Fast 5 competition. Mike Richards GLA210917NBAL

NETBALL: We want you.

That's the message from Gladstone Netball Association president Sam Dippel.

The club is running a Fast 5 competition every Tuesday night from October 10.

Dippel said there had been a lot of interest in the competition but they were still waiting for people to officially sign-up.

"There's been a lot of talk about it, so it's just a matter of people filling out the forms and getting them back to us now,” she said.

The competition is different to regular netball.

"Fast 5 is a new modified version (of netball) and it was really created to make it more entertaining to watch,” Dippel said.

"It's faster, you have five players on the court at once, you can substitute at any time. We also have powerplay quarters which means you get double points.”

Dippel said it made netball more accessible to people that had not played before.

"Doing the mixed comp gets a few more guys involved, they find it a bit interesting trying not to step,” she said.

The local netball finals finished earlier this month and Dippel said this summer competition was a good way for players to keep their touch and fitness up.

"We're really trying to get netball all year around instead of just being a winter season,” she said.

"Fast 5 is a little bit more taxing on the body and you need to run a lot, it keeps them fitter in the off-season compared to normal.”

This is the second year Fast 5 has run, it ran in 2015 and Dippel said it had been really successful.

People can enter women's, mixed or under-18 teams.

To enter go to Gladstone Netball Association's Facebook page.

Topics:  netball