Horsham hosts Black Ranges division carnivals

BOYS netball and girls football carnivals were played out in Horsham on Friday.

Schools across the Black Ranges district competed to progress to the next stage of the competition.

St Brigid’s College sports co-ordinator Cameron Pickering said both sports were gaining in popularity.

“They students all play the sports in (physical education classes) and this gives them a chance to play it a bit more competitively,” Pickering said.

Black Ranges division coordinator Tamika Burdett said it was biggest year yet for boys netball. 

Senior and intermediate divisions were contested in the netball with no junior teams participating.

Ararat’s Marian College won progressed through by defeating St Brigid’s College. St Brigid’s were too strong in intermediate, beating Warracknabeal in the final.

Black Ranges division coordinator Tamika Burdett said it was biggest year yet for boys netball. 

“Boys netball tried to take off once before but this is easily the most participation we have had,” she said.

“It’s great because we like to encourage higher participation in all the sports.”

In the football, St Brigid’s made it through the junior division undefeated, as did the school’s senior team.

Horsham College won the intermediate division.

“Obviously with the introduction of the AFLW and now the Deakin University Female Football League there has been more interest,” Burdett said.

“There has been strong interest in the past but teams have never entered multiple teams before.”

The football and netball  winners progress to play in the corresponding Greater Western carnival in Ararat on June 20.