Accolades for Karratha basketball stars

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Some of the KBA 2017/18 season award winners and runners-up: Jayden Brown, Rahnee Brown, Jermaine Kaka, Daneele Ryan, Megan Dimitrov and Mia Grantham.
Camera IconSome of the KBA 2017/18 season award winners and runners-up: Jayden Brown, Rahnee Brown, Jermaine Kaka, Daneele Ryan, Megan Dimitrov and Mia Grantham. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

A brother and sister and a junior development coach were among the winners at the Karratha Basketball Association’s most valued player awards last week.

The KBA held its annual awards night on Friday at the Tambrey Tavern Function Room, where hundreds turned out to acknowledge the club’s best players.

In the men’s A-grade, Pardoo Katz’s Jayden Brown was announced the division’s most valued player, shortly after sister Rahnee, 15, of the Burrup Flames, was named the winner in the women’s B-grade.

The siblings said they were thrilled to win and proud of each other’s achievements.

“I’m just happy that my little sister’s with me,” Brown said. “I’ve got six in my family, and she’s my baby sister, so it makes me proud.”

Brother and sister winners of two MVP awards, Jayden and Rahnee Brown.
Camera IconBrother and sister winners of two MVP awards, Jayden and Rahnee Brown. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Repeat winner Daneele Ryan, of the Trouts, claimed the MVP prize for the women’s A-grade and Saints’ Jermaine Kaka was the winner in the men’s B-grade count.

Ryan, a KBA player of about seven years who also coaches an under-14 girls’ development team, said she was honoured to win and paid tribute to her team.

“The competition this year has been a lot greater than it has been in other years, so I must say this year I was probably more surprised about winning because I felt there was a lot more competition,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot of good players come into town, so the teams in A-grade have got a lot stronger and it has been really good to have some more competition in the basketball association.”

Women’s A-grade MVP winner Daneele Ryan, centre, with KBA vice-president Simon Sander and president Cassie Perry.
Camera IconWomen’s A-grade MVP winner Daneele Ryan, centre, with KBA vice-president Simon Sander and president Cassie Perry. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Also feted on the night were the highest goal scorers in each grade, with the honours going to Jayden Brown, Mia Grantham, Gavin Mippy and Jade Pedlar.

KBA president Cassie Perry congratulated the MVP winners for excelling in the face of strong competition.

“The calibre of players we have up here, people don’t realise how competitive they are,” she said.

“People here are from far and wide and all walks of life, so the competition is very inclusive.”

Perry said the 2017-18 season had been a busy one for the club, with player numbers reaching more than 1000 this season, mainly on the back of a surge in junior involvement.

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