Girls claim title

Three teams from the Port Pirie Netball Association competed at the Country Netball Championships in Adelaide during the long weekend.

Held at Priceline Stadium from Saturday to Monday, girls competed in a round robin tournament against other associations from around country South Australia.

The Under 13 team coached by Wendy Farrugia started the carnival well, winning four of their five games to be elevated to the top division of competition on Sunday.

From here, the girls came up against the best teams in the state, winning one game against Port Augusta, whom the team had never beaten before!

This bought them a place in a semi-final on Monday where they were unfortunately beaten by eventual winners Western Border.

Farrugia commended the girls on their efforts saying the girls “combined well” and “improved each game” with the team’s highlights being the win against Port Augusta, having the opportunity to play on court one (the same court as the Adelaide Thunderbirds) and making the finals.

The Under 15 team coached by Vianna Fasciano who was well assisted by Bec Adams, finished the carnival as premiers of the Division 3 competition.

On Saturday, the team won two out of five games to be placed in the Division 3 competition on Sunday.

Here they tasted more success winning three games, losing one in devastating fashion, after the whistle.

Their wins on Sunday seen them compete for a spot in the final against Yorke Peninsula whom they triumphed by a margin of four goals.

The girls saved some of their best netball for the final where they dominated the Far West, running out winners 29-15.

Fasciano said that the girls showed a lot of teamwork and commitment for one another.

“Each player stepped up and played for each other and their teamwork was outstanding,” she said.

“Their determination was evident and made our association very proud.”

The Under 17 team coached by Rachel Tubb played some fantastic netball on Saturday against an extremely strong field to be placed in Division 2 on Sunday.

From here the girls won three out of four games to book a place in the quarter final against Port Lincoln on Monday morning.

With only eight players in the team, three carrying injuries and one struck down with sickness, it took an almighty effort for the girls just to take the court.

They were courageous in defeat, going down to a strong Port Lincoln outfit by three goals.

Overall it was a great weekend had by everyone involved and all players, coaches and officials did the Port Pirie Netball Association extremely proud.