Best tal­ent, com­mu­nity spirit on full dis­play

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Twenty-four bas­ket­ball teams con­verged in Onslow over the week­end to show­case their skills at the an­nual Onslow Bas­ket­ball Car­ni­val.

For­mer Wild­cats cap­tain Brad Rob­bins and for­mer West Coast Ea­gle Travis Gas­par were on hand to share their skills and tal­ent, while bouncy cas­tles and gla­di­a­tor du­als added an ex­tra el­e­ment of off-court ex­cite­ment.

With teams trav­el­ling to Onslow from through­out the North West re­gion, the car­ni­val has be­come a pop­u­lar event in the an­nual sport­ing cal­en­dar.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said she was pleased to see such a large and en­thu­si­as­tic crowd sup­port­ing the teams.

“It is tremen­dous to see our neigh­bour­ing towns join to­gether to par­tic­i­pate in such a fun com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“The skills, the sports­man­ship and the en­thu­si­asm have been out­stand­ing.”

The car­ni­val was aimed at pro­mot­ing great sports­man­ship

and healthy lifestyle in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, made pos­si­ble through a joint col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Shire of Ash­bur­ton, BHP Bil­li­ton and Bu­ura­bal­ayji Tha­lanyji Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.

BHP Bil­li­ton cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Bindi Gove ac­knowl­edged the sup­port of the on­go­ing part­ner­ships that to­gether bring the suc­cess­ful car­ni­val to fruition each year.

“BHP Bil­li­ton has sup­ported this event since 2009 and I think the com­mu­nity spirit and bas­ket­ball on dis­play this year may have been the best we have seen,” she said.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the teams who took part in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Pic­ture: BHP Bil­li­ton

Kar­ratha’s Mayuga Magic de­feated the Onslow Raiders in the men’s fi­nal.

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