Our Un­der-12 Scorchers win net­ball grand fi­nal

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THE Whit­sun­day Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Scorchers have taken out the grand fi­nal ti­tle de­feat­ing the Mo­ran­bah Sharks 30-23 in the Mackay Ju­nior Com­pe­ti­tion played last week­end.

The Scorchers burnt a hole in the Sharks’ win­ning streak, tak­ing out top spot in their first Mackay com­pe­ti­tion.

Coach Sha­bella Tronc said it was a fairy­tale end­ing for the girls who had de­vel­oped sig­nif­i­cantly since the start of the year.

“Win­ning their grand fi­nal in the first year of play­ing in the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment,” she said.

“They were play­ing to­gether as a team and en­cour­ag­ing one an­other and stay­ing fo­cused on their game.

“They didn’t let the fact it was a grand fi­nal get to them even though there was that el­e­ment of pres­sure in that game.”

The Scorchers fin­ished third on the lad­der in the 12B di­vi­sion but a four game win­ning streak landed them in the grand fi­nal.

Mo­ran­bah came out strong win­ning the first quar­ter but the Scorchers fought back, win­ning the next three.

Pres­i­dent Shan­non Lor­raway said the club couldn’t be more proud.

“This is the best pos­si­ble out­come they could have achieved,” she said.

WNA’s Un­der-14s player Kiarni Hin­ton was se­lected for the 14 Years Ma­roon Mon­archs in her first year of tri­alling.

In Au­gust, Kiarni was awarded Most Valu­able Player in the 14 Years Ma­roon Mon­archs rep team.

Kiarni was also awarded WNA Most Valu­able Ju­nior Player (Hay­ley Bach­man Me­mo­rial Shield) for 2018.

Ms Lor­raway said the year had been mas­sively suc­cess­ful for Kiarni.

“To re­ceive MVP in such a tal­ented group of play­ers from around the re­gion is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment for Kiarni,” she said.

“We are in­cred­i­bly proud of her and ex­cited for the bright net­ball fu­ture she has ahead.”

Kiarni has rep­re­sented the WNA and Mackay Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion at the Queens­land State Age Cham­pi­onships as co-cap­tain of the U14 A side Mackay Mon­archs rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball team.

At state age she played 13 full games of the 14 games they played, only sit­ting off once. More on WNA at the Face­book page or via the web­site.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON FIRE: The Whit­sun­day Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Un­der-12s Scorchers de­feated Mo­ran­bah on a bumper Mackay ju­nior grand fi­nal day last week­end.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Kiarni Hin­ton was awarded the 14 Years Ma­roon Mon­archs Most Valu­able Player award.

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