Fathers take on daughters in Magnet netball game

 A fiesty competition saw fathers take on daughters at netball at the Magnet Leisure Centre on Sunday.

The Magnet Netball Club's u14 girls took on their dads after Paul Matton, whose daughter Beth plays, suggested it to the other parents earlier in the year.

The men have since spent time training up for the game, which ended with the girls winning 17-9 - a likely result given the u14s had won a division title last year.

Despite issues with the footwork and moments where they appeared to forget some rules, the dads put up a bold effort to challenge their children.

Annette Allanson, assistant coach to the team's coach Marina Bowles, said: "It wasn't a walkover.

"The girls had to work for it."

Nonetheless, she thought the dads hadn't realised what they were getting themselves into by playing 40 minutes of netball.

"I think some of the dads were a little shocked," she added.

Annette hopes the event will become a regular occasion, and will be used as a fundraising opportunity.

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