Thun­der­bolts se­cure ti­tle

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Lo­cal net­ball pow­er­house the Thun­der­bolts 1 squad won their third con­sec­u­tive divi­sion 1A premier­ship in the Kar­ratha Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nals at the week­end.

The divi­sion 1A game was fast and strong on skills, but de­spite tough com­pe­ti­tion from the Nielsen Cougars, after a tight first quar­ter, Thun­der­bolts 1 dom­i­nated and claimed the ti­tle with a fi­nal score of 54-32.

Karolyn Hurt­ing from Thun­der­bolts 1 was named best on ground.

Thun­der­bolts 1 coach Sue James said this season had been busi­ness as usual for the ex­pe­ri­enced team, de­spite suf­fer­ing lim­ited player num­bers be­cause of in­juries.

She said the play­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ence was the key to their long-term suc­cess.

“The teams that we’ve played against have given us some good runs and com­pe­ti­tion, but I think be­cause we know one an­other re­ally well, we’ve played with one an­other for three sea­sons now, (we’ve per­formed well),” she said.

“I think we came into this game tonight though think­ing ‘well, ev­ery­one’s at the same start­ing line, so we’ve still got to have our wits about us and make sure that we take this one out’.

“At the end it was a com­fort­able win but the (other) team gave us a re­ally good go.”

Thun­der­bolts 2 won the divi­sion 1B fi­nal over the Sin­ners 1, 44-28.

In the divi­sion 2 grand fi­nal, Nielsen Cougars Gold beat their Nielsen Cougars Blue coun­ter­parts, 45-27.

Thun­der­bolts 4 won divi­sion 3 over Thun­der­bolts 5 by six points.

Mo­ji­tos were the divi­sion 4 pre­miers after beat­ing Blades 3, 55-21.

In divi­sion 5, Sin­ners 2 claimed the ti­tle over Reck­ers 2, 38-33.

In the ju­niors, the Te­quiras 6 side de­feated KADS 14, 47-28.

Un­der-14s were di­vided into A and B-grades, with Te­quiras 9 over­com­ing Thun­der­bolts 11 in the top divi­sion and KADS 12 dom­i­nat­ing Thun­der­bolts 12 in B. In the un­der-12s grand fi­nal, Thun­der­bolts 12 beat the Pan­thers, 51-19.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Neilsen Cougars 1's Jac­inta McNabb leads down the court.

Nielsen Cougars Gold's Jes­sica Jold­e­scu shoots.

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