Spot­light on best play­ers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The fairest and best of Kar­ratha bas­ket­ball were recog­nised at the an­nual awards night last Fri­day.

The Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s night of nights was this year held at the Tam­brey Sun­set Room where the most valu­able play­ers and high­est scor­ers in each grade were an­nounced, along with more du­bi­ous hon­ours such as most fouls.

KBA vice-pres­i­dent Leigh Cover said it had been a suc­cess­ful sea­son and es­pe­cially praised the as­so­ci­a­tion’s vol­un­teers for be­ing the glue that held it to­gether.

This year’s men’s A-grade awards were dom­i­nated by the boys from Mayuga Ma­jik, with player Kay­den Hy­land win­ning a close race for MVP.

His team­mate Beau Alec won both run­ner-up MVP and high­est goalscorer, boast­ing 161 points for the sea­son.

Hello Trouts player Da­neele Ryan swept away the com­pe­ti­tion in the women’s A-grade vote and claimed the MVP and high­est-scorer awards.

How­ever it was a close race be­hind her, with Hello Trouts team­mate Jodie Swaf­fer and Pegy Fly­ers’ Rosie McMinn draw­ing for run­ner-up MVP.

Ash­leigh Becker, 16, of the Hawks won a tight con­test in the women’s B-grade count and nar­rowly edged out Roe­bourne Ra­zor­backs’ Wally Snook 24 votes to 23.

She said she was proud of how the young team’s sea­son had pro­gressed so far.

“For such a young team I think we’ve done re­ally well to get to where we are,” she said.

“Fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der and be­ing in fi­nals is re­ally good — 2015 was our first sea­son to­gether but we’ve had peo­ple come and go.

“But be­cause we’re so young we’ve got­ten to know each other’s game re­ally well.”

Hawks’ Faith Hall was also named the women’s B-grade high­est scorer for rack­ing up a sea­son to­tal of 116 points.

In the men’s B-grade, Joel Lekias of the Heat topped the MVP vote count, while Prodigy gun Rabin Buen­venida took home the high­est scorer hon­ours. KBA com­mit­tee mem­bers also pre­sented a trib­ute to de­part­ing play­ers and vol­un­teers Natalie Dew­son and Glenn Macri for their years of con­tri­bu­tion. KBA com­mit­tee mem­ber Clint John­ston said a high­light of the year had been the ju­niors com­pe­ti­tion go­ing from strength to strength.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Men's B-grade high­est scorer Rabin Buen­venida, front, with Misty Olino, Ken­dall Har­land, Bien Le, Daniel Hut­ton and Eu­gene Alin­dog.

Women's A-grade joint run­ner-up MVPs Rosie McMinn and Jodie Swaf­fer.

Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers Leigh Cover, Kate Cranston, Natalie Dew­son, Me­lanie John­ston, Ni­cole Kot and Jaci Rothe.

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