Teams take on metro play­ers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Sarah Ison

The South West Net­ball Re­gion showed up in force to the Academy and Cadet Cups held in Perth at the week­end, bat­tling through tough com­pe­ti­tion and fac­ing off against sea­soned Perth teams.

Play­ers from Man­jimup, Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton and Mar­garet River banded to­gether to take on many for­mi­da­ble met­ro­pol­i­tan teams.

The academy divi­sion 1 team fin­ished fourth, de­feat­ing both Perth Lions and South East Demons.

“DADRA divi­sion 1 was made up of a team of fight­ers,” coach Gayle Narkle said.

“The girls stuck to our game plan over the whole week­end.”

The team’s four shoot­ers did not let up against the com­pe­ti­tion, with an over­all shoot­ing per­cent­age in the high 90s.

The game against the Perth Lions was won by a sin­gle point, as the South West girls out­played their metro coun­ter­parts.

“Each player that took to the court gave 100 per cent,” Narkle said.

“They came from be­hind to win a few games, es­pe­cially the game against Perth Lions.”

divi­sion 2 DADRA team found the com­pe­ti­tion a lit­tle tougher, fin­ish­ing eighth, but not be­fore show­ing their met­tle dur­ing the last game on Satur­day when they lost by just one goal to Dar­ling Range.

The un­der-16s, 14s, 13s and 12s Cadet Cup teams also com­peted in the Cadet Cup com­pe­ti­tion held on the out­door courts.

“Our un­der-16s Cadet Cup team pushed through some tough games to fin­ish third,” South West Net­ball re­gion deThe vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Dale Neilsen said.

“The South West 12s, 13s and 14s teams also fought hard against the stronger metro re­gions, how­ever showed im­prove­ment over the two days.”

Pic­ture: Sarah Ison

Man­jimup’s Abbey Hall, 14, joined by team­mates Tauri Free­man, 13, Teneile Smith, 16, Imo­gen Mil­ner 16, Chloe Wal­lace, 15, and Co­bie Field, 15, to play in the divi­sion 1 Academy Cup.

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