ACT and District Premier Teams Championships

Northside netball clubs have again dominated the 2016 ACT and District Premier Team Championships, winning five out of seven divisions, including the prestitigious Seniors Division 1 title.

South Gungahlin Raiders, representing the North Canberra Netball Competition (NCNC) run jointly by Belconnen and Canberra Netball Associations, defeated the Valley Thunder from Tuggeranong Netball Association 36 to 31.

All six teams from NCNC who qualified for the tournament, held yesterday (Sunday October 9) at the Tuggeranong Netball Centre in Calwell, qualified for their division’s final.

In addition to the Raiders, Inner North Lynnx, Merici Macarons, Ginninderra Jade and JPC Stars won Seniors Division 3, Intermediates Division 2 and Intermediates Division 4 respectively.

This is an improvement from the tournament last year, where NCNC teams won three of the seven divisions, including Seniors Division 1 won by Ginninderra Black Pearls.

‘Congratulations to Belconnen and Canberra Netball Associations for putting the NCNC together – the results at this year’s tournament demonstrate the strength of the clubs from the Northside,’ tournament organiser, Tuggeranong Netball’s president Jonathan Toze, said yesterday.

‘The tournament is continuing to grow into becoming the must-win event for our region’s netball clubs. South Gunghalin are a very competitive club and it was an honour to host them today and see such high-quality netball against our best.’

Tuggeranong Netball Association was the next best performed with four teams in finals, but only winning the Intermediates Division 1 title through the Rebel Rebels.

This team overwhelmingly dominated their opposition in the pool games, scoring 150 goals while conceding only 20.  They defeated the Merici Mustangs from NCNC, 38 to 11.

Arawang Netball Association recorded one victory through the Jetsetters T-Birds who defeated the Killer Katz from Tuggeranong, 39 to 24 in the Seniors Division 2 final.

South Canberra Netball Association had two finalists in the Intermediate divisions, but the Canberra Girls Grammar School Diamonds and the St Clare’s College Fizzers lost to their NCNC opponents.

Mr Toze said that while the Queanbeyan and Goulburn Netball Associations teams did not make the finals this year, their teams had shown that netball in the region was continuing to thrive.

‘I’d like to especially thank the teams from Goulburn and Bungendore who participated – while results didn’t go their way, their spirit and play to the final whistle was wonderful to see. I really hope we can continue to grow the tournament with clubs from regional associations from inland and the south coast wanting to test their mettle against teams from the ACT and district,’.