Ladies First at the Bali Flames Netball Tournament

If you haven’t seen netball action before or you’re one of the sport’s greatest fans, you’re in luck. Finns Recreations Club will be hosting the 10th Bali Flames Netball Tournament in October.
What started out as an informal catch-up by a group of ladies who love the sport, The Netball Club was officially launched back in June 2007 by among others, Marian Carrol, Rebecca Hamer, Pam Dorian, and Tamara Serong.
“The tournament started as an excuse for ladies mainly in Southeast Asia to get together and share their love of netball,” explained De-Anne Cue to The Beat. De-Anne is the organizer of the tournament since 2015, and has been involved since 2012 as a player and umpire, and she continued. “There were plenty of sporting teams in Bali but none were dedicated to developing women’s sport and the Flames hopes to fill this gap.”
The team has a diverse, multinational membership of all ages hailing from Australia, New Zealand, England, the U.S., Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan. The first tournament was held at Bali International School in Sanur, with two Bali teams competing as well as teams from Thailand and Surabaya.
From that moment on, the tournament has been held every year in October and subsequently, the number of teams competing just keeps growing – from four teams in 2007 to 28 teams this year. And this year will also mark the first time that the competition will include a mixed division where men and women can play on the same team.
The winning team, first runner-up, and second runner up will receive a trophy, plus the winning team will have their name added to the Perpetual Trophy that is on display at Finns Recreation Club.
So what can we expect from this year’s tournament? “For anyone who comes along to watch during the tournament you will definitely see a lot of talented players, great teamwork, a lot of colors (everyone in the team’s outfits), different countries and cultures coming together all for the love of their sport,” De-Anne said.
Finns Recreational Club October 14 – 15.

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