Curtin Hamersley Comets moved closer to a finals berth in the WA Netball League after prevailing in a tense contest against Southside Demons that highlighted a weekend of events in Pingelly. A two-and-a-half-year plan came to fruition with the Pingelly Panthers Netball Club successfully submitting a request to Netball WA for a Gold Industries WANL game. The fixture was scheduled for 2020 but COVID-19 cancelled those plans; however, the highly successful event went ahead in front of a big crowd this year. The women’s open game was a thrilling match with Comets keeping the Demons at bay to prevail by two goals, finishing 48-46. The Comets held a three-goal lead at the first change before extending that to five at the main break. Heading into the last quarter the margin grew to six, but the Demons fought back, outscoring their opponents by four but were not able to get over the line. The two sides were locked together going into the contest but Comets notched their fifth win of the season in round 12 and moved into equal fourth. Earlier on in the day on Sunday, the two 20-and-under WANL teams faced off and a great level of skill was on display by the young athletes and although the game was won convincingly by the Demons, it was still a dynamic game to watch for all spectators. The second game was nothing short of spectacular with high flying, speed, strength and agility from the men’s game. It was a superb game to view for those never witnessing the men play before with Comets finishing victors with a show-stopping goal to end the game. On Saturday 20 excited young netballers took part in a fun and informative clinic to kick off the weekend as part of the NetSetGo conducted by Netball WA community coaching staff, players and coaches from the two clubs. These boys and girls travelled from Boddington, Narrogin, Pingelly, Brookton, Cuballing and Wickepin to take part. The NetSetGo clinic was followed by the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association Rising Stars development clinic. It was conducted by Curtin Hamersley Comets men’s head coach Lynni Pemberton who is a high-performance coach with Advanced Coaches, Comets’ Ann Marie Becker and Southside Demons men’s head coach Amanda Love. They were assisted by players from both clubs who travelled to Pingelly early for the clinics, and 18 of NDNA’s young rising stars were put through their paces while 14 coaches received valuable guidance and expertise. The final workshop of the weekend was held on Sunday morning with 12 of NDNA umpires attending a game management workshop. This was followed by the amazing opportunity to shadow WANL umpire coaches during the three WANL games.