Nanango's Tia takes a shot while Golden All Stars' Zahra Roth puts the pressure on during the Central Burnett Challenge netball carnival in Nanango on August 3.
Nanango's Tia takes a shot while Golden All Stars' Zahra Roth puts the pressure on during the Central Burnett Challenge netball carnival in Nanango on August 3. Jessica McGrath

GALLERY: On-court action at Central Burnett Challenge

COMPETING in sports carnivals is how rural children learn how to play their sport competitively.

Gayndah netball secretary Chris Duncan said the Central Burnett Challenge provided an important opportunity for netballers in Gayndah, Munduberra, Monto and Nanango to test their skills.

"Most of us only have one team," Duncan said.

"If we didn't have this competition, we wouldn't have netball."

The second round of the four-carnival series was hosted by the Nanango and District Netball Association on Sunday.

Having the carnival in the South Burnett meant Kingaroy players were also able to join the action on court.

Duncan said the players' progression was evident throughout the series.

"It's good to see them improve on the day," she said.

"Even if they're not winning, they play the best they can."

Playing against another team brings a whole new level of learning to the young players.

"You can train and train, but unless you have meaning, it's not the same," Duncan said.

"You don't always get to see how it works in the game until you play."

The netball players ranged in age from under 10s, under 12s and under 15s, and the clubs plan to add an under-16s competition to the event.

Organisers are also looking at ways to keep the boys interested in continuing in the sport.

"It's a great cross-fit sport for boys who play footy," Duncan said.

The Burnett netball clubs are also investing in their umpires by pairing up younger umpires with those with more experience at the carnivals.

Although the netballers enjoy the chance to work on their fitness and play different teams, one benefit stands out from the rest.

"The best thing about netball is the social bond with the team," Duncan said.

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