Bunbury netball association takes out Masters division

Coach Ruiha Bishop, Co-Captain Jenny Evens, Captain Joanne Hill, Jasmin Brown, Marlene Byass, Stacey Anaru, Nic Jones, Cat Grochowski, Gina Deacon, Tara Liebregts and Marece Hetaraka. Photo is supplied.
Coach Ruiha Bishop, Co-Captain Jenny Evens, Captain Joanne Hill, Jasmin Brown, Marlene Byass, Stacey Anaru, Nic Jones, Cat Grochowski, Gina Deacon, Tara Liebregts and Marece Hetaraka. Photo is supplied.

THE Bunbury Netball Association has taken out the Masters win at the 2021 Fuel to Go and Play Championships.

The championships were held over the long weekend on June 5, 6 and 7 and featured over 3,000 netballers from across Western Australia.

Despite the Masters team from Success giving the Bunbury team a 'good run', Bunbury won 30 to 15.

Masters Coach Ruiha Bishop said the event was a great way for the Masters team to represent the association and to also showcase to the younger players that you can play netball at any age.

"A lot of our girls who watch the Masters grade learn a lot and see something different every time," Bishop said.

"The championships allowed us to show Bunbury that netball is growing. The win is a huge bonus."

The Masters category is only in its fourth year running at the Championships.

Defeating the Success Masters team marked the first time the Bunbury Masters team had secured the win.

"We play to win every time, but we've always just missed out. We just went in with the mindset of this is our year," Bishop said.

After playing for the association for ten years, 2021 is the first year that Bishop has coached the Masters team.

She said the win was for Trish Welsh, who usually coaches the team but this year was unable to due to exam commitments.

Players from the Bunbury Netball Association play for different teams in the community throughout the sport season.

The Masters team consists of ten players all above 35 years in age.

"You're never too old to play the sport that you love playing. People always say oh you're too old to play netball, but then they come down and see us and and they realise how smart we are when we play. That's what netball is all about."

Anyone wishing to join can do so via the Bunbury Netball Associations website http://bunburynetballassociation.wa.netball.com.au.