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Aboriginal netball carnival held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Aboriginal women from across the region laced up their runners and hit the court for the annual Goldfields Aboriginal Women’s Netball Carnival yesterday.

In its third year, co-ordinator Roxanne Tucker said there was some great competition, with ladies travelling from Laverton, Leonora, Perth and Esperance for the day.

“They love it — it’s a good day for everyone,” she said.

Alexandra Champion looks to pass.Alexandra Champion looks to pass.
Camera IconAlexandra Champion looks to pass. Credit: Kelsey Reid

“We’ve always had the (Goldfields Aboriginal Football Carnival) on and there was a lot of ladies who were netball players that wanted something for them as well,” she said.

More than 70 players took to the Goldfields Oasis courts for a series of shortened games, vying to secure a spot in the grand final, which was a full-length four-quarter game.

For Doreen Champion — who played for Rookies Netball Club in the Eastern Goldfields Netball Association this year — it was a family affair, sharing the court with her two daughters and daughter-in-law.

Rakita Bennell and Rikketa Anderson.Rakita Bennell and Rikketa Anderson.
Camera IconRakita Bennell and Rikketa Anderson. Credit: Kelsey Reid/Pictures: Kelsey Reid, Kelsey Reid

Having played in the previous carnivals as well, she said it was a fantastic way for girls and women from across the region to get together for a day of good competition.

While many players were also fresh off the recently wrapped up EGNA season, Mrs Champion said there were many who did not play, but were still great athletes, and it gave them a chance to have a run.

Shirlene Champion shoots.Shirlene Champion shoots.
Camera IconShirlene Champion shoots. Credit: Kelsey Reid

“There’s a lot of talent here with these Aboriginal girls,” Mrs Champion said.

“Some of the girls are so fast and their ball control is really good.

“They are all brilliant players.”

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