Clubs band together to raise money for Gympie

MARYBOROUGH and Hervey Bay netball clubs banded together to help out their flood-affected sisters at Gympie and District Netball Association on the weekend.

The fellow Wide Bay clubs passed the hat around and ran raffles to raise hundreds of dollars for the Gympie club, which saw its clubhouse under 60cm of water during the Australia Day floods, at an exhibition match in Maryborough on Sunday.

The match was a pre-season training opportunity for the state league team the Wide Bay Thunder Cats.

Gympie sent up a premier A-grade club side, which boasts several Gympie state representatives.

The side is about to enter the 2013 Gympie netball season and the exhibition match offered an intense pre-season run for the side that has not stepped foot on a court since the end of Gympie's 2012 season in August.

While Gympie was on the receiving end of a brutal 43-17 loss, goal defence Carol Flikweert said she was still happy to get the game in.

"It's always enjoyable to play at that standard," she said.

Gympie association president Felicity Brown said the game raised a sum into the hundreds for the Gympie club and the money would assist in replacing equipment lost in recent floods.

The club had lost much of its playing, canteen and office equipment.

The host club also donated six balls to Gympie on Sunday, which Brown said had ensured the club could get the new season underway.

The game was Wide Cats' coach Kerrianne Farrelly's first and last chance to see her players perform before their season opener against Darling Downs Panthers on Saturday, March 9.

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