Port Augusta’s Aboriginal netball teams showed they can match it with the best in the state, performing well at the SA Aboriginal Football and Netball State Carnival.
Held on the October long weekend, there were 20 teams competing.
There were three cups at stake; two B grade championships, Maxine Forbes Cup and the Maria Brown Cup, along with the A grade cup.
SA Storm took out the Maria Brown Cup while the Port Augusta B grade defeated Mallee Park 35-31 to win the Maxine Forbes Cup.
The A grade team put in a spirited performance to finish runner-up, going down to Koonibba 46-38.
Try outs and training were shortly after the Port Augusta netball seasons ended and both teams were varied in age, with the youngest participants aged 16 and oldest at about 29.
And according to Team Co-Manager Priscilla Forbes, there was more than just wins to this tournament.
“It’s always good to see your friends and family, and sometimes it may be the only happy event you seem them out,” she said.
“And definitely meeting new people, and everyone loves going to different locations too.
“Thankfully we had no injuries at all and the passion and the love for the sport really comes out when we have these carnivals.”
Brenda and Priscilla said they couldn’t be more proud of the courage, effort and enthusiasm all the grils showed.
The cup was named after Priscilla Forbes’ mother, who was heavily involved with Port Augusta netball.
And in a scene the best Hollywood script-writers couldn’t think of, Priscilla and Brenda Forbes’ daughters won a Cup named after their grandmother.
Carly Chamberlain had a standout B grade tournament, winning awards Best Finals Performer,Best Team Player and Best Player for the carnival.
The tournament featured about 12 teams from the Far North of the state, the Eyre Peninsula and the Adelaide area.
There were at least over 100 netball players converging on Port Augusta in a fantastic scene of community spirit and love for sport.