Karratha tops region during meet
Karratha Netball Association were the team to beat in the North West Netball Region Championships this month, winning four out of six divisions.
Players and officials from across the Pilbara and Kimberley travelled to Newman on June 18-19, to compete against teams from Port Hedland, Kununurra, Derby, Broome, Newman, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Karratha.
Karratha’s 12-and-under and 14-and-under sides took out the junior divisions, while the seniors had a strong performance at the top end of the competition, winning the division 1 and 2 titles.
Port Hedland’s 17-and-under and Masters won their divisions, while Newman’s division 2 and 14-and-under teams finished runners-up.
A number of Pilbara players were identified by Netball WA talent scouts for the development squad and All Stars team, while Karratha’s Felicity Lampard was named coach of the meet and Broome’s Sophie LeBlowitz was awarded umpire of the meet.
Port Hedland Netball Association vice-president Lisa Lock congratulated the players, officials and volunteers for working hard in the past few months to prepare for the championships.
“The weekend was a great success and demonstrated the professionalism of the club,” she said.
Port Hedland’s Sharon Ramirez was named the rising star coach and Karratha’s Casey Newby won the most improved player award. Port Hedland’s Tracey Swami took out the volunteer of the year award and the Port Hedland Netball Association won the overall sportsmanship award for the meet.
Port Hedland’s Kate Fry, Jess, Ransfield and Tracey Swami were named in the 2016 Umpire Academy, alongside Karratha’s Casey Newby and Karina Caldwell and Broome’s Sophie LeBlowitz.
Division 1 winners from Karratha.