Thun­der­bolts re­main un­de­feated

Pilbara News - - Sport - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­tures: Court­ney Fowler and Kar­ratha Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

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