Net­ballers star at Port car­ni­val

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

MORE than 40 teams flocked to Port Dou­glas from around the Cairns re­gion for Dou­glas Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual ju­nior car­ni­val.

Last week­end’s bumper event was the biggest in DNA’s ju­nior his­tory.

Nine ex­tra teams made the jour­ney north this year - 41 com­pared to just 32 at the last event.

With such fierce com­pe­ti­tion, it was a tough day out for many lo­cal play­ers but one side came out vic­to­ri­ous.

The U14 Dou­glas Jets fin­ished at the top of the ta­ble on 13 points along with Bent­ley Park.

A count-back of both team’s points showed the hon­ours rested with the Jets.

Mean­while, U16 side Dou­glas Young Jew­els went up against seven other teams to fin­ish in a tie for first place with Cairns Cy­clones Orange.

But a count-back rel­e­gated the side to run­ners-up.

As­sis­tant ju­nior con­venor Treveen Page said the older teams had more time to de­velop their game than the young girls.

“In the younger teams they switch and swap a lot,” she said.

“Once they’ve played to­gether for a while then they gel and start win­ning.”

In U12 di­vi­sion one, the lo­cals girls played hard but walked away with­out a tro­phy.

The Sharks won on 19 points, while Radars fin­ished run­ners-up on a count back from Gor­don­vale.

It was a sim­i­lar story in U12 di­vi­sion two, with Dou­glas girls missing out.

Aces Spirit won with 18 points and the Sharks placed run­ners-up on 14 points.

The U10 com­pe­ti­tion was non-com­pet­i­tive and all play­ers re­ceived a par­tic­i­pa­tion medal and cer­tifi­cate.

Ms Page said the net­ball car­ni­val was a highly suc­cess­ful day.

“They seem to love com­ing up here for the day, so it’s al­ways pretty good,” she said.

“(There was) great sports­man­ship dis­played be­tween the clubs.”

Ms Page thanked all the teams who at­tended and vol­un­teers who helped out on the day.

Win­ners are grin­ners: (back row) Dou­glas Jets play­ers Karla Loga, Helle Tesch, Natalie Lit­tle, Meg Goodall, Ester Nulty, Ha­zouki Kirby, An­gela Pringle, Jodi Harold and Kar­lie Brody (front row)Young Jew­els play­ers Chloe Oui, Chenoa Ryan, Rochelle Miller, Kahlee tesch, Rhi­an­non Blather-Schriebe and Brooke Rass­mussen with coach Sharon Beechey

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