Karratha were the big winners as the community celebrated another brilliant North West Championships in Broome last weekend.
With 32 teams taking part in six divisions in the Championships, Karratha emerged victorious in the both Open Division One and Two, as well as the Masters and 14U.
Hosts Broome took out the 12U and 16U divisions to ensure it wasn’t a clean sweep. A Shooting Stars team competed in the 16U division for the first time and had two athletes talent identified for a Camp at Port Hedland from July 19-21 where they will be up for selection to compete in the State Cup in Perth on October 12 and 13.
There were 33 16U athletes selected for the talent identification camp and 35 from 14U.
Twenty four athletes were also selected for a 21U squad who will form a team to play in next year’s Association Championships.
Umpires and coaches identified from the North West Championships will have the opportunity to attend with that team to provide a pathway they normally wouldn’t have.
Karratha’s Jen Lawton was named Rising Star Coach for the Championships, while Lauren Foy of Tom Price took out Coach of the Meet.
Tom Price’s Imogen Bassett was recognised as the Rising Star Umpire, while Kununurra’s Stephanie Drysdale was the Umpire of the Meet.
There were a number of umpiring badges presented, with Chevelle Davies (Karratha), Tylah Day Ruston (Karratha), Alfa Effendy (Port Hedland) and Menushii Perera (Port Hedland) all achieved C Badges.
B Badges were presented to Emily Caputo (Karratha) and Stephanie Drysdale (Kununurra), while 15 umpires were selected for the North West Umpire Talent Development Group.
Netball WA Stakeholder Manager Jo Smith said the Championships were a highlight on the Netball WA calendar.
Smith paid tribute to the unparalleled commitment of the community, with members pulling together to help Kununurra get to Broome after their bus broke down.
“A huge thank you to Broome for being such wonderful hosts and to all the volunteers for all of their hard work over the event,” Smith said. “The North West Championships is more than just about netball. It’s also the sense of community and the opportunity for towns that are quite remote to be able to come together is great.
“We witnessed some fantastic netball, with more than 100 games across the weekend.
“These events don’t happen without a significant level of organisation. A big thank you also to the Netball WA Regional Office Staff Sally Allardyce, Tara Lawrence, Sharlene Jefferies, Jane Edwards and Deanne Hayward.”
Grand Final Results
Open Division One
Karratha 62 v Broome 40
Open Division Two
Karratha 55 v Port Hedland 36
Karratha 30 v Broome 22
Broome 29 v Tom Price 17
Karratha 15 v Newman 11
Broome 25 v Karratha 15
Click here for a full list of the TID Player and Umpire Squads.