Long-lasting friendships were renewed and laughs were had as lifeball players from across the region came to Griffith on Monday.
Residents from Griffith, Deniliquin, Jerilderie and Albury attended the Lifeball Friendship Day to continue their yearly tradition of taking eachother on in lifeball - a relaxed, slower-paced version of netball ideal for older people.
Val Power coordinates the sport in Griffith and says since the pandemic forced the event to be cancelled last year, Monday's festivities were the first time some old friends had seen eachother in two years.
"I've been playing for about 15 or 16 years so I know pretty much all of the players on other teams ... it's gone great today and it's always fantastic to see everybody again and catch up," Mrs Power said.
"We're all like one big happy friendly family."
Along with the experienced players, some new players also got involved on the day and Mrs Power said she was excited to introduce more people to the sport she fell in love with.
"It's a friendly game, it keeps your brain active and you make great friends," she said.
Also in attendence at the event were Colleen and Brian Lord, the two minds who invented the sport 21 years ago.
The Albury pair regularly travel to lifeball events across the country, but Dr Brian Lord says the Griffith event is extra-special - and not just because of the talent on the court.
"I've always referred to these Friendship Days as 'cakes and cuddles' days," Dr Lord said.
"It seems to have gotten a bit competitive about which people can put on the best platter and there is always absolutely great food here - oh and great games as well of course."
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The Griffith lifeball team is always on the hunt for new members to get involved.
The sport is a gentle, non-contact game played at a walking pace, open to everyone regardless of their mobility.
The team meets every Tuesday at the Westend Sports Stadium on Merrowie Street at 9.30am, and there are friendship days scheduled once a year between the clubs.
Anyone interested can contact Val Power on 0457 083 250.
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