Charlestown Netball’s crazy sock day during Round 12 on Saturday was again a rousing success, with the association raising more than $3,800 through red-and-white sock sales to be donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Teams across Charlestown’s grades donned the socks, which were sold for $10 on the day. Event organiser Kristy Smith estimated nearly 400 pairs of socks were sold by the association and Ronald McDonald House representatives.

“I’m very thankful to our members and their families who got onboard and helped us achieve such a great result for a very worthy charity,” Smith said.

Last year saw Charlestown Netball rally for the Mark Hughes Foundation. Smith said the association is always on the lookout for “worthy causes” that the leagues based at the Jack Stewart Courts could support with their fundraiser days.

“This year’s was an absolute success. Considering it was the first Saturday after school holidays, and the fact the socks were $10 a pair instead of $25 for the beanies last year – which saw about $8,000 raised – it was just great bang for buck,” Smith said.

“Everyone got on board with socks, hats, bow-ties, suits. I umpire out there and I had a tutu on when I was out on the court. The girls were turning up with their joggers in their hands, already planning on getting the socks, and that was amazing.

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“There’s a lot of community spirit on the day, but I really want to thank Isha Doyle from Ronald McDonald House, she went out of her way to drop the socks off early, she brought along volunteers for the marquee, and was just fantastic.”

It was a positive day for Central Leagues in the A Grade competition as well, as the league leaders bumped over United Impact 53-34 on Court 17. Job Done also recorded a victory over Illusion, while Watters defeated Misfits 47-27.

The wins nearly confirms the finals for Charlestown in 2019. With just two rounds left to play, Central (10-0), Impact (9-2), and Job Done (8-3) have all locked playoff positions for the postseason.

The battle now rages between Purnells (4-6) and Watters (5-6) for the final place in the top four. Illusion (18 points) and Misfits (16 points) cannot make the finals.