Netballers star at Port carnival
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