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Juniors on the rise as Katanning Netball Association well represented at Albany junior carnival

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Cameron NewboldGreat Southern Herald
Allstars' Teana McRoberts shoots while Kojonup's Marcelle Harris defends.
Camera IconAllstars' Teana McRoberts shoots while Kojonup's Marcelle Harris defends. Credit: Tina Briscoe

There was plenty of determination in round eight of the Katanning Netball Association on Saturday, with regular junior games kicking things off.

A mini NetSet game continued to develop players’ skills and knowledge. This year is the first that NetSet has had continuous training days as well as game days.

This has made a big difference in getting them prepped with confidence and teamwork has skyrocketed.

Kojonup held a derby game at home during the week in Go Juniors, while the rest of the teams played on Saturday.

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Juniors had a massive weekend, playing their Saturday games before many of them went to Albany the following day for the Albany Junior Netball Carnival.

Seniors all had their eyes on a win as the last two rounds will determine the grading split.

A/A-reserves had teams showing exactly where they expect to land themselves on the ladder.

Kojonup's Taylor Nitschke throws the ball in as Olympians' Makayla Robinson defends.
Camera IconKojonup's Taylor Nitschke throws the ball in as Olympians' Makayla Robinson defends. Credit: Tina Briscoe

Olympians 1 were hungry for a massive win against Broomehill and got it, 66-28.

Cardinals Force were undone by Kojonup 1, who stormed away with a 59-25 result.

Allstars 1 made it loud and clear from the first whistle they wanted to win against Dumbleyung 1 and recorded a dominant 76-27 win.

Kojonup 2 and Allstars 2 had more of a competitive game and were close throughout, but Kojonup 2 pushed a little harder and got the win 41-39.

There were some ladder changes in B/C-grade. Cardinals Phoenix had their best game yet but just missed out on a win against Dumbleyung 2.

They went goal for goal the entire game and it came to just three turnovers, which gave Dumbleyung 2 the win 44-41.

Kojonup 4 proved they can build and only get better, battling the top team Allstars 3 in a close game. Allstars 3 took a narrow win 33-29.

Te Taitonga 1 once again proved they are a force to be recognised with, this time against the strong Cardinals Fever.

Katanning's 11 and under team.
Camera IconKatanning's 11 and under team. Credit: Tina Briscoe

After a slow start, Te Taitonga 1 picked up the pace to emerge with a 51-32 win.

Olympians 3 finished comfortable winners 40-27 over Kojonup 3 in the other game.

Sunday was a full day at the Albany Junior Netball Carnival, attracting teams from all over the Great Southern.

KNAs Davina Davies once again organised Katanning to take part in this event.

Katanning braved the cold and took two teams to Albany.

The 11 and under team was coached by Shannon Beeck and they won more than half of their games to finish third on the ladder.

The 13 and under team was coached by Kirsty Flugge and although the girls couldn’t score a win they came close in many, with just a few goals difference in a couple of games, and finished eighth on the ladder.

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