Karratha dominate netball champs

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The best in northern WA netball converged on Karratha at the weekend for annual regional tournament the North West Netball Championships, with the home side taking out four out of six divisions and narrowly missing out in a thrilling grand final.

Hundreds of players from Karratha, Wickham, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Newman, Broome, Kununurra and Derby competed in this year’s event at the Karratha Leisureplex courts over a packed three days.

The weekend’s stand-out game was the division 1 grand final, in which close rivals Broome and Karratha put on a thriller so it had to go into extra time after Karratha made a comeback from behind in the dying minutes.

Broome ultimately won after dominating in extra time, claiming the division 75-64.

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Broome coach Allison Durling said energy and consistency had been the key to their win.

“They’d had a few changes, whereas we kept our team solid. So we knew how to play, we just consolidated,” she said. “We’d had that starting seven play against Karratha on Friday night and came a draw against them.

“We thought that was our strongest seven, so we kept that on the whole time.” Karratha and Broome also faced off in the division 2 grand final, which Karratha won 27-21.

KNA players beat Port Hedland by two points in the over-35s Masters division, were the under-17s victors with a 28-13 win over Hedland 28-13 and in under-12s defeated Newman 24-16. In the under-14s grand final, Broome beat Port Hedland 25-24.

Three teams’ worth of juniors were also talent-scouted for further development, several umpires received badges and accreditations, and Noelene Adamson and Tara Lawrence were awarded life membership of the North West Netball Association. KNA president Tracy Kitching said she was pleased with Karratha’s showing at the tournament.

She said a lot of behind-the-scenes work had gone into hosting the tournament and thanked everyone who had contributed to making it a success.

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