Great com­pe­ti­tion as new sea­son starts

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A new sea­son of net­ball be­gan last week as one of the big­gest sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions in the Pil­bara, the Kar­ratha Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, re­turned to the court.

Se­nior play­ers be­gan their first round of games on Tues­day while ju­niors started on Wednes­day, with some strong re­sults all around. In se­niors di­vi­sion 1, Thun­der­bolts nar­rowly de­feated the Nielsen Cougars while Blades had a big win over the Bul­lets.

Blades, Sin­ners, Nielsen Cougars Blue and Te­quiras Green were win­ners in di­vi­sion 2.

KNA pres­i­dent Tracy Kitch­ing said with about 800 mem­bers, num­bers had re­mained steady but there were some changes in store this sea­son. She said the KADS de­vel­op­ment se­nior and ju­nior squads would run over split nights this year, while um­pir­ing and coach­ing clin­ics would be held in com­ing weeks and play­ers were also gear­ing up for host­ing the North West Cham­pi­onships in Kar­ratha later in the year.

Kitch­ing said the top di­vi­sion of se­niors net­ball was also set to be more com­pet­i­tive this year.

“I’m ex­cited about the di­vi­sion 1 com­pe­ti­tion,” she said. “Last year be­tween the top team and bot­tom team there was a mas­sive skill dif­fer­ence. From what I’ve seen so far, this year, it’s go­ing to be tight, which means a great com­pe­ti­tion.”

Last week also marked the first ses­sion of in­tro­duc­tory net­ball pro­gram Net-Set-Go, which in­tro­duces chil­dren to the sport’s ba­sic skills through drills and games and saw the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex out­door courts packed with 107 young chil­dren on Thurs­day.

Net-Set-Go co-or­di­na­tor Jen Hill said the pro­gram al­ways proved pop­u­lar. “It’s a skills pro­gram for ages 5-10, just giv­ing them the skills to get ready to be able to play a game of net­ball when they’re a lit­tle bit older, so build­ing on their con­fi­dence,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Net-Set-Go par­tic­i­pants (back) Matilda Ros­siter, 7, Tosca DeBot, 7, Lexi Mur­phy, 6, Jade Hill, 7, and Iz­abel Lee, 6; (front) Vaida Inkster, 7, Mila Dawe, 7, and Indi Heron, 7.

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