Great shots lead to victory

THE ball was either up and over or the team down and out when the Penrith District Netball Association hosted its grand final day at Jamison Park last Saturday.

Fifty-four junior teams, from the under-9s to under-16s, competed in 27 grand finals, while 42 teams battled in 21 grand finals in the senior grades.

Association spokeswoman Kellie Tickner said the courts were filled with excitement as the local netballers attempted to shoot, intercept and defend their way to victory.

"It was a picture perfect day that went off without a hitch," Tickner said.

"There were posters, coloured hair and streamers and a lot of spectators come down who don't normally — grandparents, aunties, uncles — so the sidelines are just shoulder to shoulder."

In one of the fiercest showdowns of the day — the A1 grand final — the Cambridge Park Sabres defeated the Penrith RSL Slammers 40-26.

The player of the match was Cambridge Park centre Narelle Sorth.

Tickner said another highlight of the day was the award for the team with the best supporters, which went to the Riverlands Rainbows in the 14-years division after its players' dads all dressed up in pink and used their attire to spell out "Rainbows".

Celebrations on the day weren't just reserved for the newly-crowned premiers, with the association itself wrapping up its 40th anniversary season.

Now the winter competition is over, the Association's state age representative selections are under way for the 12-15 years age groups.

Registrations are also being accepted for their night competition which will start on Tuesday, October 8.

Meanwhile, Tickner said netball held the most nominations for the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation awards night later this month, which she credited to the fact Penrith was a "very, very strong association".

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