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
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
Gina Kickett Memorial Trophy