Kar­ratha tops re­gion dur­ing meet

Pilbara News - - Sport - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­ture: Port Hed­land Netball As­so­ci­a­tion

Di­vi­sion 1 win­ners from Kar­ratha.

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