Two Moree netball teams may be feeling a little sore this week but can be proud of their top efforts at the Koori Netball Tournament, held in Charlestown, over the weekend.
Moree and District Netball Association’s (MDNA) ladies team placed third in the open B division, while one of their mixed indoor netball teams, Top Camp, entered a team (Moree Crew 2400) in the mixed division, which came equal first in their pool.
Moree Crew 2400 went through their 10 round games undefeated, before going down to Wagga Wagga in the semi-final.
“We were proud of our effort over the weekend,” Moree Crew 2400 captain/coach Terrence Murphy said.
“The competition was really good. Wagga Wagga have played in the tournament every year and always make the grand final.”
Meanwhile, ladies coach Dimity Hook said the girls played well against some tough competition to come third, especially considering one of their games was a draw, putting them one point behind.
“They did really well; they won all of their games on Sunday,” she said.
“We’ve had five weeks of training; they’ve only been together as a team for those five weeks. They put in a really good effort which showed on the day.”
This was the first time Moree teams have competed in the Koori Netball Tournament and Hook said both sides put on a great performance.
She said the best thing to come from the weekend was the overwhelmingly positive feedback about Moree’s great sportsmanship.
“Everyone commented on Moree and how it was really nice to play against Moree and their good sportsmanship,” she said.
“They all respected the umpires’ decisions. It was really nice to see us represented so well.
“The Salvation Army had a team with a few young kids and people with disabilities and a lady commented that our mixed team were the most amazing team to play against. They were trying to help them out and coach the little kids.”
Hook also paid credit to Murphy who umpired all of the Moree ladies’ games, and Claudia Turner who was the umpire for Moree Crew 2400’s games.
Murphy was also given the opportunity to umpire the women’s A grade semi-final and grand final, which he said was an honour, while Turner umpired the under 15s semi-finals.
“Without the umpries it isn’t possible, so it is great to have that support,” Hook said.
Due to the success of this year, MDNA hope to take more teams to next year’s tournament and will look at boosting their participation in these type of competitions in the future.
“There’s quite a few indigenous knockouts that we can take these teams to, giving them something to train towards and look forward to,” Hook said.
Hook would like to thank Pius X Aboriginal Corporation for sponsoring the ladies team, while Murphy thanked Moree Aboriginal Employment Strategy and Moree Boomerangs Rugby League Football Club for sponsoring Moree Crew 2400.