BEAUTIFUL conditions for a unique carnival in the scrub greeted eight teams of excited netballers, coaches, umpires and spectators at the Mangalo Minis Carnival on Sunday.
The netball had some close encounters and players had a great day.
The semi final was played between Tumby Bay and Central Eyre, which had organisers running to see the requirements for a drawn match but it was not to be, with Tumby holding on to a one-goal win.
Eastern Ranges dominated all day and played Ports in the second semi.
Grand final was played between Eastern Ranges and Tumby Bay, and it was great to see spectator support growing as the game progressed. In the end the Ranges girls were too big and strong.
Best player awards went to Sophie Flavel (Cowell), Sophie O’Brien (Central Eyre), Hannah Evans (Central Eyre), Lauren Franklin (Eyre United), Scarlett Hunt (Kimba), Mikayla Baines (Lock), Macy Hartwig (Ports) and Ashlee Cave (Tumby Bay).
Player of the Carnival went to Lock’s Mikayla Baines.
A huge thank you to the Cleve Lions Club for running a fantastic carnival – the atmosphere, food and camaraderie is something to be experienced!
Special mention to Olivia Dunn, Zali Roberts and Madi Allen who managed the netball carnival and spoke during presentations.
Pictured are: Back: coach Kelly Richardson, Ava Jenner, Leni Richardson, Hannah Evans, Sarah Weiss, Milly Evans, coach Megan Cox, Sarah Cox; front: Stella Quinn, Lexi Burrows, Gabby Taheney and Emma Cox.
The MCG (Mangalo Cricket Ground) was presented in magnificent order for the football carnival and the event was well attended with 10 teams.
Roopena and Tumby Bay dominated the preliminary rounds holding opponents scoreless in their respective matches; so it was no surprise they matched up in the grand final.
Tumby Bay made it back-to-back defeating Roopena 5-3 to 2-2.
Brodie Stratford was the leading goalkicker for Tumby Bay.
Best player awards went to Archer Pertz (Lock), Franky Pedulla (Weeroona Bay), Cody Smith (Roopena), Maddox Hunt (Tumby Bay), Kane Fiegert (Cowell), Ned Schubert (Eastern Ranges), Bryce Cant (Kimba), Jai Johnstone (Central Whyalla), Thomas Turner (Ports) and Andrew Meldrum (West Whyalla).
Congratulations to the Lions club for a well prepared and well catered day and to the competitors and especially the various team managers.
All were very organised with rostered umpires ensuring the day ran smoothly and on time.