New heights for NAIDOC Netball Carnival

The NAIDOC Netball Carnival has cemented itself as one of the largest Indigenous sporting events in the country, with a record 114 teams braving the rain at the Wembley Sports Park yesterday to participate.

The highlight of Netball WA’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, the 2017 NAIDOC Netball Carnival proved to be another wonderful celebration of Indigenous culture and achievement, with teams travelling from right across Western Australia to proudly represent their respective communities.

Netball WA CEO Simon Taylor conveyed his sincere congratulations to all involved.

“As a collective group, the players, coaches, umpires, officials, volunteers and families who attended the NAIDOC Netball Carnival yesterday contributed another successful chapter to the rich history of this event,” Taylor said.

“The fact the carnival continues to grow year on year, in both size and significance, serves to highlight the important place our sport of netball holds within the Indigenous community.”

“This year’s Carnival was another brilliant display of culture, skill, sportsmanship and community, and I’d like to thank all involved for making it another resounding success.”

More than 1,000 players hit the court at yesterday’s carnival, from the Suncorp NetSetGO Division for players aged five and older, through to the entertaining Open A Division, eventually won by Gina’s Dream Team.

Two major trophies were awarded on the day, with the Josie Janz-Dawson trophy for the Most Valuable Player across all junior Divisions going to Kaylee Fisher, while the Gina Kickett Memorial Trophy for Senior MVP was won by Demi Oakley.

The NAIDOC Netball Carnival again served as an invaluable platform for off-court education as well, with a series of service providers including the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, Asthma WA, Heart Foundation, Mental Health Commission, Australian Electoral Commission, Women and Newborn services, Yorganup Association Incorporated and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) all engaging with the community.

Special thanks must go to Partners Healthway, promoting the Smarter than Smoking Message, The Insurance Commission of Western Australia, promoting the ‘Belt Up’ message, and the Department of Sport and Recreation for their support of the event.

For further coverage of the 2017 NAIDOC Netball Carnival, including a series of photos and videos from the event, visit Netball WA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/netballwa/

2017 NAIDOC Netball Carnival Results

Division Winners

12U Red – Bunbury Moorditj Yorgas

12U Yellow – Kwinana Diamonds

12U Black –Albany Grassroots Site

14U Red – Albany Grassroots Site

14U Black – Noranda Grassroots Site

16U Red – SNDA Diamonds

16U Black – Woola Woola Koolangkas

18U – Kwinana Storm

Open E – RSVR

Open D – Woola Woola Koolangkas

Open C – Djookanka

Open B – Northern Stars

Open A – Gina’s Dream Team

Most Valuable Players

12U – Kaylee Fisher (Booly Koort Magic Hearts)

14U – Marnina Harta (Noranda)

16U – Ebony Kickett (Gina’s Dream team) & Talei Chadderton (Fremantle PCYC)

18U – Regina Kickett – (Mandurah Grassroots Site)

Open E – Ashley Warrell (Midlands)

Open D – Gerrilee Ryder (Woola Woola Koolangkas)

Open C – Demi Oakley (Kart Koort Wiven)

Open B – Jessie Parnham (Seamer)

Open A – Emily Lang

Josie Janz-Dawson Trophy

Kaylee Fisher

Gina Kickett Memorial Trophy

Demi Oakley