Koori Games wraps to record numbers

The Hunter region saw a flurry of netball activity over the weekend with Charlestown Netball Association hosting the 18th instalment of the Koori Netball Tournament.

Co-hosted by the NSW Government’s Office of Sport, this year saw a record 95 teams take to the courts on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, with 435 games played across five divisions.

“The Koori Netball Tournament is always a highlight of our calendar, and we’re thrilled that it continues to grow with the NSW Indigenous community,” Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Sonia Gouveia said.

“It’s great seeing familiar faces return each year, as well as new faces getting involved, and this year was no exception. Both young and old, girls and boys, produced some great netball across the event.

“Having been just short in 2017, we’ll be aiming to get over 100 teams involved for what will be an even bigger event next year – bring it on!”

Congratulations to the following winners:

Division Winner MVP
Under 12 La Perouse Logan Aoake (BNC)
12-15 Girls Lapa Divas Kasey Taf (Lapa Divas)
Mixed East South Coast Vamps Grant Maling (East South Coast Vamps)
Open A Grafton Tegan Holland (Grafton)
Open B Mixed Mob Mikaela Dombkins (Mixed Mob)

Full list of results (excluding Finals) can be found HERE.

Netball NSW also held a Fast5 Netball showcase during the lunch break on the final day, which featured a number of familiar faces – GIANTS Netball defender and One Netball Ambassador Bec Bulley, Ali Tucker from Netball Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan group, Indigenous High Performance camp athletes Courtney Jones and Halle Pierson, as well as players from NSW Men’s Netball and local community.

While Netball NSW helped provide officials and run the Fast5 showcase, we’d like to thank both Charlestown Netball Association (especially President Di Pascoe) and the Office of Sport for their leadership in running such a successful event. From the smiles we saw around the courts, it was a great weekend!

Don’t believe us? Check out our Photo Album on Facebook HERE.

See you again next year for another thrilling instalment of the Koori Netball Tournament!

Netball NSW is committed to assisting our Associations in being more inclusive. Getting involved in programs to engage the Indigenous community are a great opportunity for Associations to engage a larger percentage of the population, increase the number of members and volunteers and use facilities that may be under-utilised.

For more information on our Indigenous programs, please visit our Community Engagement page.