After 14-year premiership drought, Broughton-Mundoora netballers take the flag

HONOUR: Nickie Mead, secretary of the Northern Areas Netball Association, was named as a life member of the organisation at the grand finals on Saturday.

HONOUR: Nickie Mead, secretary of the Northern Areas Netball Association, was named as a life member of the organisation at the grand finals on Saturday.

The Eagles' team of netballers broke a 14-year premiership drought to take the Northern Areas Netball Association crown on Saturday.

With a 54-39 scoreline, Broughton-Mundoora defeated Jamestown-Peterborough at Crystal Brook, Best on court was Georgie Virgo, of Broughton-Mundoora

Tamara Harrison played in the last premiership in 2007 and was the A Grade coach in 2021 in her first year ever of coaching

In 2007, the J grade won and three players from that team were in this year's team: Teagan Hewett (captain), Jordie Harrison (runner-up association best-and-fairest and coach's daughter) and Lara Tod (reserve player).

On Monday, after celebrations, the senior netballers were due to have a scratch match against the winning I Grade team which was expected to be great fun.

Davyn Freer has a new nickname "Dusty" (after Dustin Martin) because she won best-and-fairest in I Grade, was named best on court in the grand final and the team won the premiership.

Jamestown-Peterborough's Tammi Kitschke is the association's Volunteer of the Year. A 300-gamer, she has been a valuable office-holder of the club and performed as a highly-credentialed umpire.

Association president Jo Seppelt said the season had been like no other. "The pandemic set us up for a challenge as an association and we achieved a season well worth celebrating," she said in her report.

"I would like to recognise the efforts by our players, parents, coaches, umpires, volunteers, members, sponsors and supporters and our dedicated committee which has been unfailing in its support to get us through.

"Despite the challenges of not playing last year, clubs managed to fill most teams. Some clubs fought so hard to fill teams, but despite their efforts, some were unable to find enough players.

"I would like to recognise those clubs for all their efforts. I know it was a tough gig and you should be proud of what you have achieved on the court this season.

"Our ever-present association secretary and new life member, Nickie Mead, has done an outstanding job again this year along with the committee.

"I am forever grateful for their dedication in supporting myself through 2020 and 2021. I would have been unable to perform my role without the support from the committee.

"We have had some dedicated umpire mentors in Bern Schmidt and Robyn Kelly this season. They have helped many who received B&C badges.

"Our pool of umpires is slowing building and it is great to see some young faces among our latest badge recipients.

"The country championships were successful. We were unsure how this was going to look in June, but with our very capable Mary Hewett as NSA Country Championships convenor, the weekend went smoothly.

"Thanks to Toni McCallum, our association teams co-ordinator, for all her hard work and thanks to those players who made themselves available for the weekend.

"Also thanks to our trophy donors and congratulations to all recipients of trophies and awards which were announced via our online Zoom Presentation." Results:

A Grade - Broughton Mundoora 54 d Jamestown Peterborough 39. Best on court: Georgie Virgo, Broughton Mundoora. B Grade - Jamestown Peterborough 33 d Crystal Brook 31. Best: Carla Hook, Crystal Brook

C Grade - Jamestown Peterborough 67 d BMW 43. Best: Bernadine Butterick, Jamestown Peterborough

D Grade - Jamestown Peterborough 28 d Crystal Brook 26. Best: Olivia Pilkington, Crystal Brook

E Grade - Crystal Brook 45 d Jamestown Peterborough 30. Best: Mel Katzorke, Crystal Brook

F Grade - Crystal Brook 34 d Southern Flinders 26. Best: Emerson Stark, Crystal Brook

G Grade - Crystal Brook 17; Jamestown Peterborough 24. Best: Maggie Clark, Jamestown Peterborough

H Grade - Southern Flinders 28; Crystal Brook 33. Best: Zara Bowman, Crystal Brook

I Grade - In extra time - Broughton Mundoora 18 d Jamestown Peterborough 15. Best: Davyn Freer, Broughton Mundoora. J Grade - Crystal Brook 33 d Southern Flinders 16. Best: Lily Merkel, Crystal Brook

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