One thousand netballers aged five through to seniors took to the Charlestown Netball courts on Saturday for Round 1 of the 2018 winter competition.
On a warmish day it proved to be hard yakka for the older players who had not been involved in regular training over the spring/summer months.
The newly completed courts at the southern end of the complex were not used, but according to Charlestown netball president, Di Pascoe are only a week or two away from becoming operational.
The same goes for the new 40-space car park which is due for completion shortly and will help to alleviate some of the congestion which takes place on Saturdays in the vicinity of the courts.
In a huge form reversal from last year, reigning A Grade premiers, Job Done, were thrashed 57-20 by their grand final opponents, Heat in a one-sided contest dominated by brilliant work from new goal shooter Claire Kowlan, who was near perfect under the goal.
It is only early days yet and Job Done will no doubt bounce back in the coming weeks in A Grade, which has two extra teams in 2018, making for an even more interesting competition.
A Grade results (for all results go to the Charlestown Netball Association website):
Heat d Job Done 57-20
UNC d Fever 54-35
Watters d Purnell 35-28
Crossfire d Fury 33-26