Young net­ballers hit the courts

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Cameron New­bold

More than 200 as­pir­ing young net­ballers took to the courts at the Al­bany Leisure and Aquatic Cen­tre for the Al­bany Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ju­nior Car­ni­val which was held on Sun­day.

In all, 25 teams took part in the an­nual tour­na­ment con­sist­ing of teams from sev­eral Al­bany-based clubs plus sides from Ko­jonup, Ongerup, Gnowangerup and Cuballing.

Round-robin matches were held across the day which de­cided grand fi­nal­ists in each of the three di­vi­sions, with chil­dren aged nine to 13 tak­ing part.

In the 13-and-un­der di­vi­sions, Raiders, com­bin­ing sev­eral Al­bany play­ers, proved too strong for Great South­ern Gram­mar 8 in an epic de­cider as they pre­vailed 12 goals to 11.

Bethel were vic­to­ri­ous in the 12-and-un­der grand fi­nal, eas­ily de­feat­ing ri­vals Ongerup 24 goals to 1.

The 11-and-un­der grand fi­nal was also a tightly fought match with GSG Gummi Bears tak­ing out the ti­tle over Nar­rikup, 7-5.

Car­ni­val co-or­di­na­tor Lisa Dimer said it was another fan­tas­tic event.

“It was a great day with lots of close games,” she said.

“We had ap­prox­i­mately 225 kids and lots of spec­ta­tors and it all ran re­ally well.

“The younger kids who don’t go to mem­bers gain great ex­pe­ri­ence from this car­ni­val.”

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Benson

Ko­jonup's An­nie Chom­ley takes pos­ses­sion dur­ing the ju­nior car­ni­val game.

Ko­jonup's Brook Trethown takes the ball ahead of Gram­mar's Ali Swain.

Ko­jonup's An­nie Chom­ley shoots.

Ko­jonup's Heireina Tunui.

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