Grasshoppers oust Redbacks in Kununurra grand final thriller to become 2021 netball premiers
The Grasshoppers secured the 2021 Kununurra Netball Association A-Grade title in a four-goal grand final victory against 2020 premiers, the Redbacks, on Friday night.
The Hoppers outperformed the undefeated Redbacks in front of a packed crowd at the Kununurra Netball Courts, taking home the premiership title 34-30.
The winning side led at every break, and despite a fourth-quarter scare from the Redbacks that brought them within two goals, the Hoppers were able to hold on to take home the silverware.
Redbacks’ defender Kristen Bunce was best on court.
The KNX under-16s side took out the B-grade title, defeating the Brolgas by seven goals, 34-27. Roxy Bohn was best on court.
In the juniors, the Redbacks won a nailbiting one-point clash against the Grasshoppers, 25-24, with Beau McLean the stand-out performer.
KNA president Chelsea McNeil said the high-standard grand finals had wrapped up a busy year for the association.
“2021 has been a massive year for the Kununurra Netball Association, with two mixed competitions, a senior comp and junior comp and Net Set Go, which is approximately 550 participants,” she said.
“We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2022,” she said
KNA’s presentation night followed grand final action at the Ord River Sports Club on Saturday night, where Denise Lindsell was named the A-grade fairest and best and Shainaye Cahill was awarded runner-up.
Shirley Ann Wilson won the B-grade top prize, while Tanami Griffiths was runner-up.
Lescheyah James was presented the Junior Rising Star award and Teagan Lister was named Volunteer of the Year.
Juniors fairest and best presentations will be held tonight at the Kimberley Grande Resort.
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