Thunderbolts remain undefeated
It was a thrilling night for spectators last Saturday at the Karratha Netball Association’s finals, hosted by the Karratha Leisureplex.
The audience were treated to a spectacular division 1 match-up between the Thunderbolts and Tequiras.
In the end, the Bolts outclassed their competitors, who struggled to keep up with their quick passing and accurate shooting in the circle.
The Thunderbolts won 55-26 and made history by being the only team of the competition to remain undefeated for the entire season.
Jasmine Ferguson was recognised for her outstanding performance with the best-on-court award.
In division 2, Tequiras Black had better luck, defeating the Thunderbolts in a nail biter, 27-24.
Best-on-court was awarded to Isabella Ledger.
The Panthers took out the division 3 title, coming out on top over the Komets 23-19, with a standout performance from Kalisa Storey.
In division 4, the Blades and Thunderbolts were neck and neck the entire game, but in the end the Blades were able to turn over the ball late in the game to win 37-35.
Anne Mitchell was awarded best-on-court honours.
In division 5, a late withdrawal from the Reckers gave the Thunderbolts a second chance at grand final glory.
However, in the end the Tequiras were just too good, smashing the Bolts 56-20.
The junior competition also provided a lot of entertainment for local netball enthusiasts, with a close A-grade final between the under-16 Tequiras and the KADS development squad.
Tequiras took the lead in the last quarter, with an exciting five-goal victory over the KADS 44-39.
A special mention went to standout player Sonja Dimitrov, who was awarded best on court.
In the B-grade, Wickham defeated the Thunderbolts 30-20, with best on court going to Rachel Elysia Canning.
Wickham also took out the under-14s B-grade, defeating the Cougars 26-17 after an outstanding game from Isabella Raudino.
In the A-grade, the KADS defeated the Panthers 48-32 and Jayda Ronon-Viti was named the best player on court.
The under-12s A-grade was dominated by the Thunderbolts, who wiped the Tequiras off the court, winning 42-17.
Aariane Apletree won the award for the Bolts.
Wickham took out the B-grade final by two goals in a nail-biter against the Cougars, with Jaimie-Lee Hughes awarded best on court.
In the under-10s, the Tequiras were defeated by the Panthers 11-17 and Antoinette Palmer was voted the most valuable player.
At the presentations, several umpires and coaches were recognised for their service, including the 2015 Junior Umpire of the Year Chloe Falkingham and Felicity Lampard, who was awarded Junior Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.
KNA president Tracy Kitching congratulated all the players, umpires and coaches who participated in the grand finals and thanked the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto for donating tickets to the Liz Ellis Coaching Clinic to each of the beston-court recipients.
The Thunderbolts took the division 1 honours, remaining the only team to be undefeated for the whole season.
Under-16s A-grade winners, the Tequiras.