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