Lightning strikes in Newcastle

Narrabri ladies win seven games at 19th annual Koori Netball Tournament

Back, Sheridan Noble (Newcastle), Shanny Sikorski (Tamworth), Nicole Sharpley (Walgett), Angie Knox (Narrabri), Katarnie Toomey (Narrabri), Allyssa Toomey (Wee Waa), Evelyn Fuller (Orange), front, Zoe Khan (Newcastle), Telisha Hilderson (Narrabri), and Eileen Roberts (Narrabri).

The 19th annual Koori Netball Tournament was held at the Jack Stewart Netball Centre in Whitebridge on the weekend.

This year there were 10 divisions across under-12s, under-12-15s, and mixed open and open women age groups.

Seven netballers from the Narrabri Shire competed at the event.

Five of those played for the Narrabri Lightning women’s side, which were Katarnie Toomey, Eileen Roberts, Telisha Hilderson, Allyssa Toomey and Angie Knox who captained the team. They lined up alongside players from Newcastle, Orange, Walgett and Tamworth.

Six of the 10 ladies in the side doubled up at the tournament, combining with a group of men to form the Narrabri Lightning mixed team, which included Wee Waa duo Clifford Toomey Jr and Curtis Orcher.

Both Lightning teams were impressive at the two-day carnival.

The women’s side won seven of its 10 matches, drawing twice and losing just once.

That saw it finish fourth in its 14-team pool and narrowly miss out on a spot in the semi-finals.

The mixed team played nine games, six of which it won to go with three losses.

Those results saw the team finish fifth in the 13-team pool.

Knox said that the tournament was an enjoyable one, and that she was proud of both teams, especially her ladies.