Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0613 TDT Contents 12 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 13 JUNE 2014
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HOME TEAM: Above: The Barkly team walks onto the court for
the closing ceremony. Below: Brooke Wilson takes a shot on goal
over a defender from Darwin Yellow.
RECENTLY the Barkly region hosted the
School Sport nT 12 and Under netball State
Championships in Tennant Creek for the first
time in 12 years.
It was the first event held locally since the region’s re-
instatement into the School Sport NT program last year.
Six teams from around the Northern Territory com-
peted at the event from the Alice Springs, Barkly, Dar-
win and Palmerston regions for the ultimate honours
of State Champions.
The event was held at Tennant Creek Sport & Rec
which was absolutely immaculate with the support
of Danny Measures and his team at the Barkly Work
Marcus Maher and his team at Sport & Rec were
heavily involved in the lead up to the event to ensure
the facilities being used were up to State Champion-
Many visiting officials, parents and spectators ex-
pressed how impressed they were with the set-up of
Students arrived on the Sunday evening before the
event and were collected by their Barkly billet families
for the event, or went straight on to their own accom-
modation with their parents.
Thanks must go out to those local families who ex-
pressed their willingness to provide billet accommoda-
tion for travelling students.
It’s not often that there are too many potential billet
families for an event, but is a testament of the com-
munity spirit here.
Things kicked off on the Monday morning with a quick
Skills Session so the girls were switched on for compe-
tition, which was followed by an Opening Ceremony.
Local student Matthew Green spoke marvelously
about his experiences in School Sport to greet the
participating students and wish them well for the
After that, there was nothing left to do but let the girls
put on an awesome display of Netball for the day.
Top of Town Café provided beautiful lunches right
on time every day that had the netballers and their
Lavery Plumbing made sure there was plenty of ice
on hand every day for water jugs and injuries as well.
After completing the first round robin of the Champi-
onships on the Tuesday morning, participating students
attended a Harmony Hands workshop focused on work-
ing together through sport to combat bullying.
Pilawuk White from Tennant Creek Primary provided
all materials for this session that culminated in the
creation of a Working Together Through Sport mural
that was displayed on the final day of play.
Kate Foran and her team at Nyinkka Nyunyu hosted
a tour of their centre to wrap things up on the Tuesday
afternoon which was a great showcase of local history
The girls were all pretty worn out at this stage but
there was still one day left!
It was a tough three days for the team from the Barkly
region, where there is no junior netball competitions or
For most girls, it was the first time they’d ever played
competitive netball and they improved drastically
throughout the Championships.
At last year’s event the team scored one goal for the
three days – this year they scored over 30, and even
worried a few teams towards the end of the event.
Doreena Hansen was incredibly versatile throughout
the event and owned every role she was asked to fill
despite having no competitive Netball experience.
Brooke Wilson was shockingly quick across the court
and showed real potential as a junior athlete.
Tina Hallett’s development was amazing as she found
her feet as a tall option on the wings.
The girls didn’t win a game over the three days but
their improvement and enjoyment was obvious for all
Barkly coach Ellie Watkins treated the team to a sur-
prise squad dinner before the final day of the event and
organized some pizzas from Rocky’s and for Brooke
Ferris from Studio 108 to braid their hair for the team
The girls spent the night gossiping about Netball and
how great it would be if they could play regularly in
town – one student said ‘look how much we’ve im-
proved in two days, imagine what we could do if we
played every week!’
Keara Baker-Story spoke wonderfully at the Clos-
ing Ceremony on Wednesday to announce the results,
thank all those involved, and wish everyone a safe
Darwin Red went through the Championships unde-
feated and took home the perpetual trophy ahead of
the Alice Springs and Palmerston regions, who tied
for second place.
The team from the Barkly received the Team Spirit
award for their outstanding efforts both on and off the
Reports and feedback from coaches, parents and spec-
tators about the event and the scope for junior netball in
the Barkly have been overwhelmingly positive.
There are already talks of the Rugby League State
Championships being held in the Barkly as part of next
year’s School Sport NT program!
These young netballers have made a strong case for
School Sport in the Barkly and should be encouraged
to keep playing regularly and competitively.
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