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Gearing up for fast and furious times

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August 23, 2017

The fast-paced netball competition Fast5 may run as a summer competition in Shepparton.

Shepparton Netball Association will look at bringing a Fast5 competition in during the summer.

The shortened form of netball has grown in popularity since its inception in 2009, with the World Series drawing large crowds in Melbourne last year.

It will again return to Victoria this October, as the SNA aims to bring in a tournament next year.

A fast-paced game with neither a wing attack or wing defence it tests fitness and clubs in leagues across the area could use the competition in the lead up to the winter season.

Association president Dianne Orr said the Brauman St courts were the perfect location for the tournament

‘‘We’re hoping to do a Fast5 in the pre-season and I think we might get some interest to do that amongst the football-netball clubs,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a quick, fast-paced game with five in the team and quick short quarters, so we’ll try and run that with assistance from Netball Victoria.’’

Orr said the association would have a meeting on Monday night to determine the plan forward for running the event, but she anticipated it would be run as a mixed competition.

Although the association opened its twilight competition to mixed teams for the first time, there was not enough interest for it to go ahead.

But the successful summer tournament will still progress for another year with its women’s and girls’ divisions.

Orr said 47 teams had entered for the Tuesday night competition that begins on September 12 and runs until grand final day on December 12.

Teams will play 10-minute quarters as the abundance of courts mean games will likely run in two timeslots of an evening.

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