SATURDAY, September 9 saw Season 2017 of the Northam Netball Association come to an end when the Avon Valley Nissan Grand Finals for all divisions were played at the Northam Recreation Centre. Games were played on the indoor courts, all teams having a loud spectator base in attendance, helping to build the atmosphere. The day commenced with the Junior 1 and 3 Divisions, followed by Senior 2 and Junior 2. Life Members, Sponsors and Special Guests attended a short afternoon tea right before the Senior 1 and Senior 3 Finals. The crowd was entertained at half time by the NetSetGO skills participants, who are aged five to seven years, with their wonderful NetSetGo Dance. The kids rose to the occasion and it was truly, a highlight of the day. Formalities of the day were completed with the 2017 Presentations. Awards included the usual Team, Fairest and Best and Association Championships, with recognition of our Green Shirt Umpiring Program, and ‘C’ Badge Accredited umpires for the year. A new initiative of the Committee for 2017, was to award three new scholarships, the Inaugural Jan Ireland Umpiring Scholarship, Adele Simmons Coaching Scholarship and the Jennifer Jones Players Scholarship. NNA would like to thank their 2017 Sponsors Avon Valley Nissan, Mitre 10 Northam, Subway Northam and Northam Tavern.
Northam Netball was Established in 1948, these Grand Finals saw the Association complete 70 successful Seasons. With a long and proud history, the day provided some spectacular netball and a chance to celebrate our great competition. While the season is over for another year, the usual preparations will go on in the background with Nominations for the 2018 Green Shirt Umpiring program, NNA Umpiring Development program and NNA Country Week Trials now open. Finally, the Committee would like to remind all about the ‘70 Years of Northam Netball Celebration’ to be held on Saturday, March 24. SAVE THE DATE and look out for further details in the coming months. Well done to all teams who played over the season and Congratulations to our Winners.
Senior 1 – Grand finalists: Renegades A def Australs A; Grand final fairest & best: Anne Jones Trophy Emma O’Driscoll (Renegades A); Season 2017 runner-up fairest & best: Maressa Robertson (Renegades A); Season 2017 fairest & best: Lisa Williamson (Australs A).
Senior 2 – Grand finalists: Jetz 2 def Zodiacs; Grand final fairest & best: Ashlee Annels (Jetz 2); Season 2017 runner-up fairest & best: Cassandra Branson (Zodiacs); Season 2017 fairest & best: Katelyn West (Jetz 2).
Senior 3 – Grand finalists: Falcolns 2 def Dowerin Tigers; Grand final fairest & best: Rebecca Heath (Falcons 2); Season 2017 runner-up fairest & best: Jane Atterby (Bakers Bandits); Season 2017 fairest & best: Nyree Anderson (Dowerin Tigers) and Monica Elliott (Falcons 2).
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