Cougars end 14 year drought in Karratha netball finals

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Karratha Netball Association 2019 division one premiers the Letizia Palmer Cougars.
Camera IconKarratha Netball Association 2019 division one premiers the Letizia Palmer Cougars. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

The Letizia Palmer Cougars have broken a 14-year drought in the Karratha Netball Association, winning the division one grand final for the first time since 2005.

The Cougars took on minor premiers Tequiras on Saturday night, in a rematch of the two teams’ epic semifinal from two weeks ago which went into overtime and was eventually won by Tequiras.

On Saturday, the Cougars won the toss, choosing the first centre pass which they made use of with the first goal of the game.

They were able to break Tequiras’ first two centre passes, getting themselves to a handy five-goal lead within the first couple of minutes of the match.

Tequiras struggled to work the ball down the court and made uncharacteristic unforced errors which the Cougars wasted no time to capitalise on to lead by four at quarter-time.

Throughout the game, Tequiras were able to peg a couple of goals back and get themselves with three of four of their opposition, before Cougars got another run on and would edge out again.

The eventual premiers were up by six at half-time, seven at the final change and finally took home the trophy by six goals.

Cougars coach and KNA president Tracy Kitching said it was always going to be a close game, with both teams having beaten each other during the season.

“We were the hungriest team for the win,” she said.

“It didn’t matter how many passes it took to get the ball to the shooters, we must have passed the ball 20 times just to keep possessions and in the end it was a very sweet and well celebrated victory.”

Cougars goal attack Mia Grantham was recognised as the most valuable player in the grand final, a particular impressive effort as she played the whole game against division one overall MVP Chelsea Slater.

Kitching said normally Slater came out on top, but this time around Grantham had gotten the best of her.

“They made each other work really hard but in the end Mia was on fire, she was just unstoppable,” she said.

KNA’s focus now shifts to their annual mixed competition which runs from October 15 to December 10.

Karratha Netball Association 2019 grand final results:

Division one: Cougars (34) def. Tequiras (28)

Division two: Cougars Blue (40) def. Cougars Gold (34)

Division three: Kats (29) def. Thunderbolts (28)

Division four: Blades (33) def. Cougars (28)

Division five: Thunderbolts (34) def. Gems (27)

17-and-under: Thunderbolts Gold (40) def. Thunderbolts Black (18)

14-and-under A: Kats (41) def. Blades (24)

14-and-under B: Wickham (18) def. Tequiras (16)

12-and-under A: Thunderbolts Black (34) def. Cougars (15)

12-and-under B: Dampier Green (17) def. Thunderbolts Gold (9)

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