Netballers Megan Liplyn, Michelle Williams and Emily Willmott with cricketers Tim Cox, Mitch Bower and Chris Morton. Photo: Belinda SooleTWO of Dubbo’s representative sporting sides will go head-to-head on the netball court tomorrow to promote the message of playing sport at high level.
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The Dubbo State League netball side will take on Dubbo’s Western Premier League (WPL) cricket side in a fun social match at the Nita McGrath netball courts and Dubbo cricket captain Tim Cox said it was a great chance to promote both games.

“It’s all about encouraging representative sport and wanting to get more people to play at that high level and represent your town and help put the name Dubbo out there,” he said.

With the State League season getting closer and the WPL cricket final rescheduled to be played next weekend, Cox said it was a chance for both sides to do some important bonding at important times of the season.

“The girls are keen to play at that high level so they want to get together and have a bit of a run around,” he said.

“For our team, we see each other at training and on the bus to and from matches but this is a really good chance to get together and socialise and do a bit of bonding and have a laugh before the final.”

Cox said the idea of the match came together when he and some fellow local cricketers met with the netball board through Michelle Williams, captain of the Dubbo side and wife of South Dubbo Hornets cricketer Josh Williams.

“There’s a really good vibe around their State League side,” Cox said. “And there’s been a few new girls moving to the area and now Dubbo is big enough to attract career-orientated people and those people can be involved in the community and sport, whether it’s cricket or netball or anything, and go on to play at a high level.”

The cricket side will spend the morning at Dubbo’s Brewery Shield final against Gilgandra before the netball match at 3pm while the match is an opportunity for the netball side to promote their association before the courts at Nita McGrath are relaid with a new surface.

With the cricketers taking on the girls in a sport unfamiliar to them Cox expected a bit of sledging to come his way but said the main thing was to have fun and also take the chance to thank sponsors like the Amaroo Hotel, Avis and the Bruce Street Butchery.

“Obviously there’s going to be a bit of banter and the girls have already said they’re keen to put a bit of money on it and we were only too willing to oblige,” he laughed. ‘

“We want a bit of a help and maybe a five-goal headstart.

“From all reports they’ve had a really good response to the match and our boys are really keen too, and combined with the Brewery Shield final and the presentation we’ll all going to go back to the Amaroo afterwards for a barbecue.”

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