WHEN Goulburn netballers and basketball players accepted the challenge to switch codes in a special exhibition match to highlight how easy it can be and show a parallel with people switching energy providers the players were uncertain that they could make the transition.
Energy company Australian Power and Gas who sponsored the game, knew it was possible for the young players to make the adjustment, just like people who step out of their comfort zone to change gas and electricity providers to save money.
It only took the youngsters a few minutes each half to adjust.
While the boys quickly gained the upper hand in the first half, the girls did not let them score all the baskets. The game was played in a light hearted spirit and the score really didn’t seem to matter much with the level of laughter both on court, and from the spectator stands.
When it came time to put on the positional playing bibs and switch to netball, the boys were all over the court learning where they could not go and avoiding contact with their opposites.
However it was not long before they started gaining more possession and with a shooter who was accurate from just about anywhere close to the ring when unimpeded by opposition, the boys were able to lift their scoring rate.
Boys coach Andrew Stewart said that the experience was a positive one for his young players and they learnt quite a bit about positional play and teamwork.
Goulburn District Netball president Simone Blay thanked Australian Power and Gas for the opportunity to switch.
“It was loads of fun and I don’t know who enjoyed themselves the most, the spectators, referees or the players it is certainly worth doing again,” Mrs Blay said.
Australian Power and Gas general manager David Goadby said, through his representative on the day, that the company was delighted to support Goulburn sport by hosting the Sport Switch event.
He said that half the people in NSW had never switched energy providers, and were missing out on substantial savings they could make by making the change.
While the boys won, both teams received a trophy and individual medals, reminding them of the fun afternoon they had switching.
MIXING IT: Goulburn 2012 Under 12s Basketball representatives and some of the city’s promising junior netballers prepare for their first half basketball then second half netball game to show that switching is possible. From left: Chloe Furner, Will Mooney, Kirsty Toole, Lucas Ross, Hannah Cudaj, Ryan Thomas, Chloe Baird, Caleb Croker, Bailey Stewart, Eleesha Harvey, Caelan Hunter, Lucy Condylios, Lachlan Caldwell, Ella Fennamore, Anthony Cummins and Hannah Greaves. Front: Riley Weeks and Laura Baird exchanging balls.
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