Kar­ratha dom­i­nate event

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The best in north­ern WA netball con­verged on Kar­ratha at the week­end for an­nual re­gional tour­na­ment the North West Netball Cham­pi­onships, with the home side tak­ing out four out of six divi­sions and nar­rowly miss­ing out in a thrilling grand fi­nal.

Hun­dreds of play­ers from Kar­ratha, Wick­ham, Tom Price, Parabur­doo, Port Hed­land, New­man, Broome, Ku­nunurra and Derby com­peted in this year’s event at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex courts over a packed three days.

The week­end’s stand-out game was the divi­sion 1 grand fi­nal, in which close ri­vals Broome and Kar­ratha put on a thriller so it had to go into ex­tra time af­ter Kar­ratha made a come­back from be­hind in the dy­ing min­utes.

Broome ul­ti­mately won af­ter dom­i­nat­ing in ex­tra time, claim­ing the divi­sion 75-64.

Broome coach Al­li­son Durl­ing said en­ergy and con­sis­tency had been the key to their win.

“They’d had a few changes, whereas we kept our team solid. So we knew how to play, we just con­sol­i­dated,” she said. “We’d had that start­ing seven play against Kar­ratha on Fri­day night and came a draw against them.

“We thought that was our strong­est seven, so we kept that on the whole time.” Kar­ratha and Broome also faced off in the divi­sion 2 grand fi­nal, which Kar­ratha won 27-21.

KNA play­ers beat Port Hed­land by two points in the over-35s Mas­ters divi­sion, were the un­der-17s vic­tors with a 28-13 win over Hed­land 28-13 and in un­der-12s de­feated New­man 24-16. In the un­der-14s grand fi­nal, Broome beat Port Hed­land 25-24.

Three teams’ worth of ju­niors were also tal­ent-scouted for fur­ther devel­op­ment, sev­eral um­pires re­ceived badges and ac­cred­i­ta­tions, and Noe­lene Adam­son and Tara Lawrence were awarded life mem­ber­ship of the North West Netball As­so­ci­a­tion. KNA pres­i­dent Tracy Kitch­ing said she was pleased with Kar­ratha’s show­ing at the tour­na­ment.

She said a lot of be­hind-thescenes work had gone into host­ing the tour­na­ment and thanked every­one who had con­trib­uted to mak­ing it a suc­cess.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

A Broome GK passes into the goal cir­cle dur­ing the divi­sion 2 grand fi­nal.

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