BNC juniors score big-game treat

AN exciting week for Newcastle netball has become extra special for the BNC club.

BNC junior players will be special guests at the trans-Tasman championship match between NSW Swifts and West Coast Fever at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Sunday, only a couple of hours after hosting former Australian captain Sharelle McMahon for a coaching clinic at National Park.

The honours come after BNC were named the trans-Tasman league’s junior club of the round. BNC will receive $2500 from competition major sponsors ANZ, and a group of juniors from the club will attend the game. Two BNC players will also lead the Swifts and Fever onto the court as the official match flag bearers.

Each junior club of the week goes into the running for a yearly award.

BNC president Cherie Aoake-Puru believed the club was successful with its submission for the prize because of its work off the court. The club has held a fund-raiser for the Cancer Council every year of its 13-year existence.

Last year the club also raised more than $15,000 through a trivia night and walkathon to help A-grade player Tamlyn Perry, whose son Nicholas has cerebral palsy, buy a modified vehicle.

The club also runs a scholarship program for its representative players.

Aoake-Puru said the visit by McMahon, who is pregnant with her first child and not playing this season, was an unexpected bonus for the club.

McMahon will also be part of filming while in Newcastle for a Channel Ten story on the club’s work.

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