SAMPARC’s U-17 girls from the SAMPARC Bhambarde School have clinched the U-17 girls Beach Netball Tournament held as part of the Rashtriya Life Saving Society and Australian Sports Outreach Program’s Kerala Multisport Beach Festival which was held on the golden sands of the Shankumugham Beach, Thiruvananthapuram on February 26th & 27th, 2014 The 5 day beach festival featured Kite Surfing, Surfing, Beach Volleyball, Running and Swimming events, a Triathlon, Life Saving Sports and Beach Football apart from Beach Netball.
The SAMPARC girls led by GA and captain Kavita scored a phenomenal 52 goals in 5 matches beating Naz India, Cotton Hill School, Naz Delhi and Naz Mumbai comprehensively. The final match was a one sided affair with the team from Bhambarde scoring 12 goals to Naz Goal Delhi’s solitary goal.
The first ever beach netball tournament in India was organised by Naz India’s Goal Program and featured seven U-17 girls teams from Maharashtra, Kerala and Delhi states.
For all 65 players, it was the first time they ever got to play beach netball. NET was involved in the organisation of the tournament; matches were played over 2 halves of 7 minutes each with the final match being a 20 minute affair. It was a seven a side format, unlike regular beach netball which is usually played 5 a side. The netball court was reduced to 75 x 35 feet from the regular 100 x 50 feet, but was still larger than the 60 x 30 feet that is the norm for 5 a side beach netball.
SAMPARC has been playing netball for barely a year since NET introduced the sport at their Malvali centre in a short training camp in February 2013. Since then, their girls and boys have gone on to play at the One Nation Netball Cup where they placed 4th, at the Pune district level where they have won tournaments and successfully hosted and won the 1st SAMPARC cup in November. SAMPARC will be sending a mixed team to play at the 2nd One Nation Netball Cup in May in New Delhi, they will be looking to improve upon their 4th place last year.
Congratulations to all the teams and players for a great performance!
(thanks to Naz Foundation (India)’s Vivek Gaur for the images!).