Mother's Day special: mums taking to courts for netball double header

MOTHERLY LOVE: Hawks Netball Club's mothers and daughters. Front (L-R): Ellie Mulhall, Kyiesha Dixon, Jada Murphy, Ashlea Parkes, Maddison Gillette, Stella Davis, Lara Horan, Imogen Shaw, Hayley Murphy, Jayanna Dixon, Mya Simmons, Clancy Simmons, Ryley Simmons, Imogen McGarity and Lacey McGarity. Back (L-R): Robyn Mulhall, Rachel Shaw, Katrina Hamling, Michelle Gillette, Rebecca Davis, Rachel Kennedy, Donna Monaghan, Nikea Dixon, Gabrielle Simmons, Brianna McGarity and Amanda Hurford. Absent: Marion Rouse. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0508mfhawksnet

MOTHERLY LOVE: Hawks Netball Club's mothers and daughters. Front (L-R): Ellie Mulhall, Kyiesha Dixon, Jada Murphy, Ashlea Parkes, Maddison Gillette, Stella Davis, Lara Horan, Imogen Shaw, Hayley Murphy, Jayanna Dixon, Mya Simmons, Clancy Simmons, Ryley Simmons, Imogen McGarity and Lacey McGarity. Back (L-R): Robyn Mulhall, Rachel Shaw, Katrina Hamling, Michelle Gillette, Rebecca Davis, Rachel Kennedy, Donna Monaghan, Nikea Dixon, Gabrielle Simmons, Brianna McGarity and Amanda Hurford. Absent: Marion Rouse. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0508mfhawksnet

MUM’S the word for Hawks Netball Club.

Rounds two and three of the Orange Netball Association will be played on Saturday and Sunday at Orange PCYC, and for Hawks, playing on Mother’s Day couldn’t be more appropriate.

The two-blues field 15 teams across Orange’s seven divisions, with a plethora of mother-daughter combinations throughout the club.

Since the club’s inception three years ago, player numbers have increased exponentially, with full families getting involved.

Hawks’ division one star Amanda Hurford said this weekend is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day as a club.

“It’s just a great coincidence the double-header falls on Mother’s Day,” Hurford said.

“We created this club to be family based, so it’s a huge plus to see everyone together, especially as our numbers have got so much bigger. We have so many mother-daughter combinations throughout the club. There is only one that play together, but it’s a great to see the mothers help the daughters and vice versa.”

Mother and daughter Katrina Hamling and Ashlea Parkes play together in division two, and Hurford said while their situation is uniquely special, the club provides an avenue for the all the daughters to give something back.

“We know how much our mothers put into netball,” Hurford said. 

“My mum (Marion Rouse) in particular was there for everything with me, so spending the day together at the netball courts is an appropriate way. A way for the daughters to say thank you in a way for everything they did for us.”

In the Orange Toyota Cup, the division one competition, Royal Hawks take on Life Studio DVM Embroidery on Saturday at 2.30pm, and KWS 1sts at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Hawks Ace Drilling, the two blues other top grade team, play High A on Saturday, and Robin Hood on Sunday, both games start at 3.50pm.

In the other games on Saturday, Robin Hood play KWS 1sts at 1.10pm and Life Studio play CYMS Gladiators at 2.30pm, while tomorrow CYMS Gladiators take on High A at 1.10pm and Life Studio play clubmates Life Studio DVM Embroidery at 3.50pm.

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