South meets East

Circular Head Netball Association’s Women’s roster wrapped up on Monday night with South defeating East in the Grand Final. South’s Rhonda Odgers looks for a pass out of defence while East’s Jessica Tomlinson attempts to hold possession in her attacking half. Pictures: Ashleigh Force.

Netball. A fierce competition between Circular Head Netball Association’s top contending sides ensued at the Women’s Grand Final on Monday night.

B Grade began the evening’s proceedings, with Hurricanes and Storms taking to the court for a chance at premiership standings.

The Hurricanes proved strongest, defeating Storms 27-19 while Player of the Match was awarded to Aaria Poke.

In the A Grade competition, South defeated East 40-21 with Lynne van Norden earning Player of the Match honours.

CHNA president Rebecca Wilson said the social roster which preceded the women’s competition motivated players to continue throughout the winter months.

“We started off our women’s season with our social roster for ladies to sign up for some fun before the competitive roster began,” she said.

“With 10 teams playing it was an enjoyable, successful social roster.”

The competitive roster saw four A Grade and five B Grade sides play each week.

“This proved to be a tough season due to weather conditions causing court conditions to be less than desirable,” Wilson said.

“But despite all that, the women still came out and gave their best.”

Wilson said the association is fostering up-and-coming talent through a variety of junior and school-based programs.

“This year we have had a very busy season starting with a strong Net Set Go program. Our Junior roster is getting stronger every season with more children registering,” she said.

“In our off-season we plan to get around the schools to promote netball before our next season begins.

“With some very promising talent, the future of netball in Circular Head is looking bright.”

Circular Head Netball Association presented A Grade Best and Fairest honours to Alicia Jamieson and Tammy Edwards while Abbie Poke and Nicola Craig earned the runner-up awards on Monday.

In B Grade Natasha Coates received the division’s highest honour while Aaria Poke was named runner-up.

The ‘Best All Rounder’ Betty Maynard Perpetual Trophy was presented to Rebecca Wilson and Leanne Porteus received a CHNA Life Membership for her ongoing dedication to the game.

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