Ki­wis out­play Aussies

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Tay­lar Amonini

Ki­wis reigned supreme in the an­nual Bloody Slow Cup com­pe­ti­tion last week, beat­ing out the Aussies in a stel­lar five-point win.

Hed­land’s Aussies and Ki­wis took to the Faye Glad­stone Net­ball Courts on Sun­day where they bat­tled it out in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Anzac Day.

With a half-time score of 12-9 to the Ki­wis, Aus­tralia picked up the pace in the sec­ond half of the game but were un­able to snag the cup, with Ki­wis win­ning for the first time in three years, 24-19.

Ki­wis’ Jelissa Kel­land was named player of the match, cho­sen by the um­pires, for her “fan­tas­tic in­ter­cepts and read­ing the game well”.

New Zealand coach Hailee Heta said she was proud of the girls’ ef­fort.

“The girls played amaz­ing,” she said.

“We had a few new ones come in and it was the first time we didn’t have to scratch around for play­ers or re­cruit any Aussies, so full Kiwi team for a full Kiwi win, which feels re­ally good.”

Port Hed­land Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Katie Evans said the an­nual event was a great suc­cess with a good turnout of play­ers and spec­ta­tors

“There was lots of laughs and the weather was very ap­pro­pri­ate so great day all around,” she said. “It was also great to see so many peo­ple hang­ing around af­ter in our new pavil­ion to watch the Com­mon­wealth Games net­ball grand fi­nal.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion still has spa­ces avail­able for new play­ers want­ing to join a team.

“We’re tak­ing a two week break over the school hol­i­days but if any­one wants to start play­ing or join a team, con­tact us and we’d love to have them,” Mrs Evans said.

Res­i­dents in­ter­ested in find­ing out more or want­ing to join a team can con­tact the as­so­ci­a­tion on info@net­ball­porthed­land.com.

Pic­ture: Tay­lar Amonini

New Zealand cel­e­brate their Bloody Slow Cup win.

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