Masters head to NZ for in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A team of Kar­ratha net­ballers have set off to com­pete in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sports tour­na­ment in the hopes of hon­ing their skills at an ad­vanced level and bring­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence back to their clubs.

The Kar­ratha Red Dirt War­riors, a team of seven cur­rent or for­mer lo­cal res­i­dents and three sup­port staff, are trav­el­ling to Auck­land in New Zealand this week to com­pete in the World Masters Games net­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Held ev­ery four years and open to sports­peo­ple of all abil­i­ties of “masters age” — gen­er­ally 35 — World Masters is the world’s largest multi-sport event in terms of com­peti­tor num­bers and at­tracts about 25,000 peo­ple from more than 100 coun­tries. This will be the first time com­pet­ing in the games for most of the Red Dirt War­riors team, with only player Natalie May and um­pire Kerry Wetherly hav­ing been once be­fore.

May said she had formed the team af­ter good ex­pe­ri­ences play­ing in the 2009 World Masters in Syd­ney and last year’s Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games.

She said the play­ers were keen to pass on the skills they learned for the ben­e­fit of other Kar­ratha Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers.

“There are a lot of us (com­pet­ing) who are heav­ily in­volved with our teams and our clubs in Kar­ratha, so . . . shar­ing that knowl­edge and grow­ing these kind of op­por­tu­ni­ties is what it’s about,” she said.

Af­ter months of fundrais­ing for the trip, the Kar­ratha team flew out to­day and will be com­pet­ing from April 21-30.

May and her fel­low play­ers said they would be aim­ing for gold in their divi­sion.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The Kar­ratha Red Dirt War­riors: Daphne Flake­more, Noe­lene Adam­son, Natalie May, Jacki Lo­ton, Kerry Wetherly and Ruth Wat­son.

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