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Koori Netball Tournament 2023: Where Sport, Culture, and Community Come Together in NSW

La Perouse Netball Club claimed victory over #4 Voguey in the Open Women’s A Division Final at the 2023 Koori Netball Tournament held over the weekend. This tournament saw a remarkable gathering of over 1,000 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal netball enthusiasts from across New South Wales at the Charlestown Netball Courts. Player Sarah Graham of #4 Voguey from Newcastle shone as the Player of the Tournament.

In the 2023 Koori Netball Tournament, a total of 90 teams competed across six diverse divisions, including adult and junior women's and mixed teams. The results were as follows:

  • Open Women’s A Division: Winner - La Perouse; Runner-up - #4 Voguey; Player of the Tournament - Sarah Graham (#4 Voguey - Newcastle)

  • Open Women’s B Division: Winner - Kookaburras 1; Runner-up - Awabakal Sisters; Player of the Tournament - Alearah Donovan (Kookaburras 1)

  • Opens Mixed Division: Winner - #4 Voguey Purple; Runner-up - Awabakal Sisters & Brothers; Player of the Tournament - Logan Aoake (#4 Voguey Purple)

  • 13-15 Years Mixed Division: Winner - Googar Guns; Runner-up - Wagga Wagga; Player of the Tournament - Kaleel Goolagong (Wagga Wagga)

  • 13-15 Years Girls Division: Winner - Anaiwan Matriarchs 15s; Runner-up - #4 Voguey Girls 15s; Player of the Tournament - Maddison Ridgeway (Anaiwan Matriarchs 15s)

  • 10-12 Years Mixed Division: Winner - Tidda Girls; Runner-up - La Perouse; Player of the Tournament - Halle McGuire (Tidda Girls)

The Charlestown Netball Association hosted this remarkable event with the support of the NSW Office of Sport and Netball NSW. Minister for Sport Steve Kamper celebrated the high-quality netball displayed during the tournament, emphasizing its role in promoting reconciliation through sport.

Charlestown Netball Association President Di Pascoe applauded the weekend's festivities, which united communities and celebrated not only competitive netball but also the rich cultural connections it fosters.

Netball NSW Executive General Manager – Communities & Pathways, Tim Fava, highlighted the tournament's vibrant atmosphere, emphasizing how it brings people from diverse backgrounds together and showcases the dedication and passion of the netball community. It was an event that celebrated the tapestry of sport and the strength of community spirit.

For more information about the event: Koori Netball Tournament.

Read the full article here.

Photo Courtesy Netball NSW

Courtesy Sport NSW

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