Coasters get the gold

Nine local ladies left behind 28 children and nine husbands, to live out a dream of playing netball in the Australian Masters Games in Tasmania last month.

The week started with an opening ceremony in Ulverstone, with a parade by all participants competing at this years games.

The ‘EP West Coasters’ as the team was called, had their first two games on day one, held in Spreyton at the Devon Netball Club. 

The results were mixed with the first game won against Cheeky Babes and the second lost to Spectrum.  

EP West Coasters only had one game to play on day two and this was against Racers, which the girls won. 

Day three was back into two games, both wins for EP West Coasters. The first game was against Roto Vegas and the second was against Huon Valley Bandits.

Day four saw the girls get a well-earned rest, so some sightseeing was had with plenty of local tastings and some wine to finish off the day. 

Day five was finals day and after teams were put into their respective age groups, EP West Coasters were to play against Huon Valley Bandits, for the gold medal.

EP West Coasters started the game strong and continued this throughout the match.  

All players were out to win but a lot of fun was had with the opposition and the game was played in the true spirit of what Masters Games is all about.  

In the end there could only be one winner and that was the EP West Coasters, 50-22.  

All players were presented with their gold medals and plenty of happy snaps were sent home.

Some of the women in the team had not played netball for many years, so it was great to see them enjoy themselves and get back into netball.

EP West Coasters were sponsored by Cleve Rural Traders and Hetzel Oysters.

Pictured are: back: Karen Hannemann, Carmen Hampel, Amy Allen, Toniette Dolling, Angela Harris; front: Natalie Roberts, Mandy Simes, Lorrae Weiss and Cathy Haines