As the only team to be invited to participate in the Indoor Netball State Titles outside of south-east Queensland, the Wildcatz have given us cause to be proud. The competition is held over two carnivals during the September holidays and Wildcatz will have six teams attending.
“Our amazing committee fundraise all year to ensure we can pay for the deposits and training equipment,” says Sheree Ross.
“As you can imagine it’s an expensive trip once you incorporate flights, accommodation, vehicle hire, food, game fees, insurance and uniforms, so we’re thrilled to count DUO Magazine, Nexans Olex, Northern Civil Services, Cheaper Auto Spares, Tropic Roofing and Plumbing, Mac’s Plumbing and Pipeline, Pizza Hut, Professional Pump Services and Irrigation, JRT Mobile Mechanic, Domino’s Pizza North Shore, Norfoam Cooling Solutions and the Lilly White hotel group among our valued sponsors.
“The generous donations and sponsors who supply us with training and travel uniforms, water bottles and the training gear we receive for the Association and teams is greatly appreciated.”
This year the Wildcatz are sending an Under 10s team (Chaos), two Under 12s (Fearless and Crushers), two Under 14s Ladies (Fire Strikers and Instinct) and an Under 16s Ladies team (Fuzion) to the state titles, which will see around 130 teams compete.
“We have two boys travelling in the Under 12s – once they reach the Under 14s they’re required to play mix,” Sheree says. “Our amazing little athletes trial over two days and those who are selected participate in an extensive 20 weeks of training prior to travelling. We aim to send at least five teams a year.”
Wildcatz Indoor Netball Junior Association (WINJA) was formed in February 2010 when a group of dedicated parents, supporters and families saw the need for a pathway for junior indoor netball players to represent Townsville Wildcatz in the Indoor Netball Junior State Titles and have the chance to represent Queensland and be selected for Australian teams.
“Indoor netball is an amazing game to promote fitness, team-building and a sense of responsibility,” Sheree says.
“I’ve had the privilege of watching children grow and develop during my involvement with the junior committee over the past four years. I highly recommend the game as character-developer for children.”
Wildcatz Indoor Sports offers a nippers program on a Saturday morning at 8am free of charge, while older children are placed into available teams to suit their abilities. The coaches volunteer all their time and are dedicated to see the children grow in skill and confidence.