The Far North Coast Premier Netball League competition began today with strongly contested games across the region.

Ballina RSL played host to Byron 2481 and came away with a great win 43-23 due to accurate shooting by their goalers Kelly Edwards and Amie Clarke.

The team was sharp in attack and tight in defence across the court, with captain Kaylie Davis praising her players for the consistent effort they put out for the full 60 minutes.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to play a high-standard game and to realise that there are other club players within the area with such good skills,” Davis said.

She believes that each week her team will grow from strength to strength and looks forward to the challenge of competing against the other regional teams.

Byron 2481, although disappointed with their loss, can take away positive feedback on the areas they need to address to improve on their game.

Coach Jo O’Connor believes that with time, her combination of players will build and grow.

“With this, our first hit-out, we just need to put a few more steady plays together and finish them off. Full credit to the opposition — they were disciplined,” O’Connor said.

In other games within the region:

  • Casino Tatts played host to Grafton DEX and took the points with a win 36-24
  • Lismore Daleys won against Clarence Coast 45-33 at Maclean.

After round 1 three teams are on equal first: Ballina RSL, Casino Tatts and Lismore Daleys.

Next Saturday afternoon Casino Tatts host Ballina RSL with the game to start at 3pm, Lismore Daleys host Grafton DEX with the game to start at 2pm. and Byron 2481 host Clarence Coast with the game to start at 3.15pm.

The results of round 2 will change the leader board.

“Make sure you are there at your local netball association courts to cheer and support your team in this quality elite competition,” co-ordinator Leslie Kirk said.

Games are played on a home and away basis, with a full draw available at www.netballnsw.com (regional menu item Far North Coast).

Keep watching www.farnorthcoaster.com for updates on all weekly games and a court-side report.