FORREST Netball Club needs junior players.
The departure of top-age 13-and-under players to 15-and-under has left the Lions without enough players to hit the court at the start of the season in April.
Forrest Football and Netball Club netball co-ordinator Belinda Rocka said the Lions would be unable to field a 13s side unless new players joined the club.
“Half the team has gone up to under-15 from last year and other girls have departed the club,” she said.
Forrest relies on attracting football players from areas like Geelong and Rocka said this had affected the Lions’ ability to attract new families.
“All the girls playing netball at Forrest are from the Colac area with exception of Amelia Jolly,” Rocka said.
“The footballers come from Geelong and they don’t have families when they come to the club; they’re usually young single men,” she said.
“All we can do is try to attract more families to the club.”
Rocka said Forrest had incentives to help get players to the club in cases of financial hardship and lack of transport to games.
“If parents can’t afford for their kids to play netball then we can talk to those kids and definitely help them out,” she said.
“We don’t want kids to not play because parents can’t afford the membership fees and dress hire or whatever.
“And if it’s getting the girls to netball on a Saturday there are always rides we can organise.”
Forrest has fielded three junior netball teams for at least the past six years.
Rocka said the Lions needed junior players to ensure the club continued.
“There have been years without a 13s team but recently we’ve have always had a 13s team; they were even
in finals a few years ago,” she said.
“We have junior coaches, it’s just the girls; for the long term future of the club we need juniors.”
Anyone interested in playing juniors at Forrest can contact Kerry Morrow at Forrest FNC.