Ella soars to Spirit award again

Kalamunda Reporter - - Sport -

PARKERVILLE teen Ella Crisp’s spirit on the net­ball court and as a team player has been recog­nised again.

The St Brigid’s Col­lege Year 8 stu­dent, who first took up the sport aged five, won the Spirit of Kala­munda & Districts Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (KDNA) award this year af­ter also ac­cept­ing it in 2015.

“My coach cried when I re­ceived it and the head coach for the un­der-14s said it was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to give it to me so I felt pretty hum­bled,” Ella said.

“It’s not just for the best player but for the all-round net­baller who al­ways does ev­ery­thing with­out com­plaint, con­sis­tently strives to get bet­ter, is en­cour­ag­ing to her team­mates, dis­plays good be­hav­iour on court, and utilises her ta­lent. It was pretty special to get an award like that again, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing I’m not a shooter and I don’t think I’m a to­tal net­ball su­per­star.”

Ella said the game taught play­ers team­work, lead­er­ship and how to hold each other ac­count­able.

“You can’t win in net­ball with­out play­ing as a team, think­ing about each other, know­ing each other’s strengths and weak­nesses and be­ing able to guess where your

team­mates will be,” she said.

“I love that net­ball looks like a girly sport but re­quires real tough­ness.

“Some­times I go to watch my older brother play un­der­18s Divi­sion 1 soc­cer and if they get tack­led too hard they roll on the ground moan­ing un­til they get a free kick. We don’t stop play­ing un­less there’s blood on the ball or blood on the court.”

She be­gan play­ing with her lo­cal Parkerville club be­fore try­ing out for the KDNA de­vel­op­ment squad aged 11.

“I play wing de­fence mostly, which is of­ten con­sid­ered one of the least im­por­tant po­si­tions on a team,” she said.

“But as one of the KDNA coaches told me this year, a good wing at­tack can win a game, so it’s my job to shut down the ball be­fore it ever gets to their shoot­ers.”

Be­tween KDNA and her Satur­day team, Hil­lians, Ella trains three times a week, plays full week­end car­ni­vals, and um­pires on Satur­days.

In 2016, she be­gan a fundrais­ing cam­paign for the Con­fi­dent Girls Net­ball Pro­gram to give those dis­ad­van­taged an op­por­tu­nity to play.

“The fundraiser is over now but we raised about $500 for the char­ity which helps put girls on teams that wouldn’t oth­er­wise be able to af­ford to play,” she said

To nom­i­nate a lo­cal star, visit lo­cal­sport­stars.com.au.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471854

Ella Crisp gets much more out of net­ball than the av­er­age player.

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