Bali hosted its biggest ever international netball tournament on 19 October, with 11 teams from Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Indonesia battling it out to take home the 2013 ‘Netball in Paradise’ champion’s trophy.
The tournament, which has been held at Bali International School annually since 2007, was a full-day round-robin with simultaneous games on three courts throughout the day, providing spectators with constant action on the court. The competition was fierce but it was the Atua team representing the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore – undefeated in all 10 games – who won the champion’s trophy.
The Bangkok Barbarians were runners-up and another Singapore team, Just 4 Fun, came in third. Of Bali’s two teams, the Seminyak Fireflies went home with the Wooden Spoon trophy while the Sanur Dragons placed a more respectable eighth.
“Netball was the winner on the day,” said Bali Flames president and tournament organiser Rebecca Hamer. “This tournament was our biggest yet. Bali has annual rugby and Australian Rules tournaments that draw teams from around Australia and Asia, and now the women are getting the opportunity to ‘go on tour’ as well! We just had teams from Darwin and Perth here in August, and we are already getting enquiries from other teams who are happy to use netball as an excuse to escape for a long weekend to Bali,” said Rebecca. “After the netball, it’s always on to shopping, massages and a girl’s night out!”
The tournament was followed by an awards presentation dinner at the new Red Drum restaurant in Kerobokan. Trophies were presented to the winning team (and the last-placed Seminyak Fireflies), along with Player of the Day, Mel XXX from the victorious Atua team, and runner-up, Genevieve XXX from Bangkok Barbarians. A raffle was also held at the dinner, with a portion of proceeds going to R.O.L.E Foundation to help disadvantaged women in Bali get access to vocational training and job opportunities in the tourism sector, to break their poverty cycle.
The event was sponsored by a number of Bali-based businesses including Glo Day Spa, Roxy, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, BizNET Internet, Sheeka Swimwear, Duck Duck Goose, Villa Laut, Prana Spa, Kevala Home, Merah Putih restaurant, The Villas Seminyak, Fatbu Homewares, Lacalaca restaurant, Bali Learn to Surf, Easytees, Outdoor Fitness and Plan A.
The Bali Flames Netball Club play socially at the Bali International School every Tuesday night from 6-7pm. New players are welcome. The Club is serious about not taking netball too serious. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.baliflamesnetball.wordpress.com.
What is Netball?
Predominantly a Commonwealth Nations’ sport, netball is the pre-eminent women’s sport in Australia and New Zealand. It is also popular in other former British colonies, such as Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. A non-contact sport roughly similar in characteristics to basketball; there are goal rings at each end and a ‘centre’ circle at which play begins after each goal, but netball does not allow bouncing, contacting, obstructing or running with the ball. It is a fast-paced, strategic game with high scoring.