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Netball community comes together to celebrate best and fairest players in NDNA 2023 season

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
A1 best and fairest runner up Felice Crisp with A1 best and fairest winner Regina Kickett.
Camera IconA1 best and fairest runner up Felice Crisp with A1 best and fairest winner Regina Kickett. Credit: Supplied

The Narrogin and Districts Netball Association came together at the Narrogin Golf Club on September 9 to celebrate the season and recognise those that made it great at the 2023 presentations night.

Consistent with the spirit of the game the first award of the night, the 2023 Achievement Award, was presented to Olympics’ Catherine Thornton.

NDNA president Jodie Sercombe with 2023 Achievement Award recipient Catherine Thornton.
Camera IconNDNA president Jodie Sercombe with 2023 Achievement Award recipient Catherine Thornton. Credit: Daniel Rooney

“This is very unexpected,” Thornton said.

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“I really love netball and you just can’t run it without people donating their time.

“I’m always happy to contribute so that we can have our association — thank you for your support.”

Netball WA Great Southern officials co-ordinator Alex Hodges followed Thornton’s recognition with a nod to the important role NDNA’s umpires play.

Netball WA Great Southern officials coordinator Alex Hodges with Natalie Bradford who recieved recognition for attaining the National C Badge for Umpiring.
Camera IconNetball WA Great Southern officials coordinator Alex Hodges with Natalie Bradford who recieved recognition for attaining the National C Badge for Umpiring. Credit: Daniel Rooney

“I want to quickly shout out to all the umpires this year, a huge thank-you for everything for you do to make this game go ahead,” Hodges said.

“We’ve had 21 umpires on our panel this year, nine junior umpires have completed the green shirt program and two of our panel have been selected into the tier-two fit program and one into tier one.

Liberty Tullet received the Marion Price Award from Marion Price.
Camera IconLiberty Tullet received the Marion Price Award from Marion Price. Credit: Daniel Rooney

“We’ve had one C-badge and another four or five that should go through early next year which is fabulous.”

C-badge recipient Natalie Bradford was recognised for her achievement before Jess Joldescu was announced as the winner of the 2023 Umpiring Award.

Lee Conlan and Junior Division 1 fairest and best winner Claire Conlan.
Camera IconLee Conlan and Junior Division 1 fairest and best winner Claire Conlan. Credit: Daniel Rooney

“This award is a combination of umpiring achievement and contribution, it’s about what you give back to umpiring and it was so close this year there was a tie breaker,” Hodges said.

“This particular umpire has put a lot of effort into her own development, she’s very committed and goes above and beyond.”

Best-and-fairest players across all grades were then recognised with Regina Kickett receiving the A1 fairest and best award and Felice Crisp named runner up..

NDNA life members Coral Mahony, Ann Kulker, Nan Steer and Marion Price.
Camera IconNDNA life members Coral Mahony, Ann Kulker, Nan Steer and Marion Price. Credit: Daniel Rooney
NDNA 2023 Umpiring Award recipient Jess Joldescu with Netball WA Great Southern officials co-ordinator Alex Hodges
Camera IconNDNA 2023 Umpiring Award recipient Jess Joldescu with Netball WA Great Southern officials co-ordinator Alex Hodges Credit: Daniel Rooney
Junior division 2 best-and-fairest winner Hope Hayes with Lee Conlan.
Camera IconJunior division 2 best-and-fairest winner Hope Hayes with Lee Conlan. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Erin Streeton addresses the audience.
Camera IconErin Streeton addresses the audience. Credit: Daniel Rooney
2023 NDNA coaches award winner Erin Streeton with Olympics’ Lee Conlan.
Camera Icon2023 NDNA coaches award winner Erin Streeton with Olympics’ Lee Conlan. Credit: Daniel Rooney
About 100 people attended the NDNA presentations night at the Narrogin Golf Club.
Camera IconAbout 100 people attended the NDNA presentations night at the Narrogin Golf Club. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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