‘Dream team’ Cuballing hold court

Jo ThomasNarrogin Observer
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The Cuballing Netball Club represented Narrogin grassroots at the annual Netball WA NAIDOC Week on Wednesday last week.

Cuballing sent five teams in the open division, one 16-and-under team, two 14-and-under teams and one 12-and-under team.

The open team, coached by Julie-Anne Grout, played hard from the onset, winning three games and losing two. The highlight were defenders Taya Olman and Chante Kickett pulling off “the lift” manoeuvre.

The 16-and-under team dominated their division, winning four of five games against Geraldton, Noranda, Mandurah and Kwinana, with the play-off game for a spot in the grand final against Albany.

The team fought hard but succumbed by six goals to finish second overall in their pool.

Coach Jo Thomas was ecstatic with the team’s performance. “The girls were a dream team — all super talented and an absolute pleasure to coach,” Thomas said.

The two 14-and-under teams and the 12-and-under team played against older and stronger opponents, but they never gave up.

Shontae Jetta, from the 16-and-under team, actually designed the NAIDOC netball, which was used by all teams at the carnival.

She entered the design competition through the Shooting Stars program at Narrogin Senior High School.

The design represents the 2019 NAIDOC theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth. The ball features footprints from an emu and a kangaroo as well as an Aboriginal symbol, which represents meeting places, identifying when and where Aboriginal people come together as one.

The Cuballing Netball Club is excited to use these balls as their “match” balls for the rest of the season.

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