Mas­ters gold for lo­cal team

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A team of Kar­ratha net­ballers have re­turned from ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sports tour­na­ment the World Mas­ters Games with gold medals af­ter go­ing through their divi­sion un­de­feated.

The Red Dirt War­riors net­ball team beat sides from the Bri­tish Royal Air Force, New Zealand and the Tiwi Is­lands in the 35-and-over so­cial com­pet­i­tive divi­sion of the games on their way to tak­ing out the grand fi­nal by nine goals.

Held ev­ery four years and open to sports­peo­ple of all abil­i­ties of “mas­ters age” — gen­er­ally 35 and over — the World Mas­ters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event in terms of com­peti­tor num­bers and was this year held in Auck­land, New Zealand from April 21-30.

Red Dirt War­riors team mem­ber Natalie May said the Kar­ratha side had dug deep to achieve their dream of win­ning gold, de­spite only play­ing to­gether for the first time and two of their play­ers sus­tain­ing in­juries early in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was a re­ally proud mo­ment and you don’t re­alise the enor­mity of it un­til peo­ple are stop­ping you in the streets of Auck­land and ask­ing what you won the medal for,” she said.

“There was a bit of re­lief, but more im­por­tantly just ex­cite­ment and know­ing you’ve played a re­ally good game to win that.” “It was de­served. “It wasn’t just handed to us and we earned it.”

The Kar­ratha side played eight games, in­clud­ing against teams from other divi­sions, drop­ping only two through­out their cam­paign.

In all, 27,000 ath­letes from 100 coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in this year’s World Mas­ters Games across 28 sports.

Kar­ratha net­ball team the Red Dirt War­riors claimed gold in their divi­sion at the World Mas­ters Games.

Pic­ture: Red Dirt War­riors

The Red Dirt War­riors won the grand fi­nal by nine goals.

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