SOME of netball’s highest achievers have been honoured at the annual Southern Tasmanian Netball Association Awards (STNA), held recently to celebrate players who go above and beyond in their service to the game.
The biggest prize on offer for the night was the Elise Archer Club Championship.
Sponsored by Local Member for Denison Elise Archer, the Club Championship sees the 11 clubs in the STNA Competition compete for the Shield.
Ms Archer said she was delighted to continue her support of the STNA as club championship sponsor.
“The club championship is a fantastic award as all members of every club need to contribute to win the Shield,” she said.
“The weekly updates of the leader board get a lot of attention, with so many different clubs being able to excel throughout the season.”
The standout improver this year was Kilburn.
After a couple of lean seasons, Kilburn had a resurgence, winning five rounds and coming second in another two.
Cripps Waratah dominated early, picking up wins in four of the first seven rounds before last year’s third placed Club Kingston Blues started to collect some major points.
In the end though, it was Cripps Waratah Netball Club (CWNC) that took out the award for the third consecutive year.
Cripps Waratah club president Sonia Shelverton said given that they were one of the largest clubs at STNA, winning for a third year was “remarkable.”
She said they were all very proud of achieving this result.
“It’s not just winning, it shows the commitment of our committee, coaches and players, who put in 100 per cent every week in order to achieve positive results across our club,” she said.
“As president of CWNC, I am extremely proud of our members, who are what makes us a great family club.
“It’s wonderful that Elise takes an interest in her community and sporting events.
“I think it is more tangible having the trophy named after a genuine person, who supports our great game.”
Ms Archer said the Southern Tasmanian Netball Association Awards continued to encourage participation, team leadership and health and wellbeing, particularly among girls and young women.
“Congratulations to all this year’s winners and I look forward to continuing my involvement in season 2019,” she said.
Caption: Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer presents Cripps Waratah president Sonia Shelverton with the Elise Archer Club Championship Shield.