Local team Assassins (red and white) and MFI in action at Fishermen's Road Netball Courts during the 2018 Netfest. Emma Heffernan shoots for the Assassins. Photo: John McCutcheon
Local team Assassins (red and white) and MFI in action at Fishermen's Road Netball Courts during the 2018 Netfest. Emma Heffernan shoots for the Assassins. Photo: John McCutcheon

Massive netball festival to mark big feat on Coast

Australia's biggest netball festival will mark a special feat when it returns to the Sunshine Coast later this year.

NetFest will celebrate its 10th anniversary when the four-day event descends on Mooloolaba and Maroochydore from November 26-29.

It's the third time the region has played host to the event, with more than 2500 netballers expected to participate.

Netball Australia made the announcement of it's return on Thursday.

It's been well received by local netballers over the years, with Super Netball side Sunshine Coast Lightning even getting involved.

Lightning's goal shooter Cara Koenen was the event's ambassador last year.

It was estimated to be worth about $8 million to the region in 2018.

 

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Netballers of all levels will play traditional netball, beach netball and Fast5.

There are female social and female competitive divisions, as well as mixed divisions for each competition.

Outside of the netball matches, participants will be able to enjoy the Netball All-Stars match on Mooloolaba Beach, a family fun day and a party with former Australian Diamonds Cath Cox and Sharelle McMahon along with Super Netball commentator Sue Gaudion.

Romelda Aiken from the Queensland Firebirds in action during the Celebrity Netball Match to launch start of Netfest in 2018. Picture: Warren Lynam
Romelda Aiken from the Queensland Firebirds in action during the Celebrity Netball Match to launch start of Netfest in 2018. Picture: Warren Lynam

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner was excited for the 10th anniversary of NetFest to be held on the Sunshine Coast.

"From humble beginnings back in 2011, NetFest has grown into Australia's biggest netball festival, and we're thrilled to be bringing the netball nation together in what is unusual times," she said in a Netball Australia press release.

"This is the third year that NetFest will be hosted on the Sunshine Coast and we thank the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and the Sunshine Coast Council for their support in helping netball deliver this fantastic event in one of Australia's most beautiful locations."

Sunshine Coast Lightning player Cara Koenen was the official Netfest ambassador for 2019. Photo: Warren Lynam
Sunshine Coast Lightning player Cara Koenen was the official Netfest ambassador for 2019. Photo: Warren Lynam

 

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the return of NetFest was a testament to the success of the NetFest 2018 and 2019 events.

"The Sunshine Coast loves netball and this can be seen in the way in which our community has embraced our Sunshine Coast Lightning," Cr Jamieson said.

"With our fantastic facilities, wonderful weather and welcoming community, we are the perfect destination for major sporting events like this and can do so safely and in compliance with the measures in place in response to COVID-19.

"Last year's NetFest was an outstanding success at the Maroochydore Multi-Sports Complex and on Mooloolaba Beach and to have the opportunity to host this four-day event for a third consecutive year is terrific recognition from Netball Australia."



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