By Katie Rutter
DENMARK had a leading netball presence at the Inaugural Great Southern Regional Carnival held at Albany over the weekend of August 2-4, coming home with several victories and the overall Sportsmanship award.
Previously a one-day event among Great Southern teams, this year teams from further afield, including Esperance, Narrogin, Katanning, Kojonup, Albany and Ravensthorpe competed over three days.
Teams comprised junior from Under-12s through to U17s, senior divisions, and an over35s masters competition, with Denmark fielding U13s, U15s, open and masters teams.
Denmarkians including Tait and Tarrick Hartfield, Lennox McHenry, Jett Morrison, Lachie Campbell and Marlon Mastalerz also joined other boys from the region in an exhibition match to showcase their netball skills.
The Denmark U13 team won in its division but wasn’t the only winner – coach Kelly Judd received a Rising Star Coach award, and was nominated for Volunteer of the Year.
Umpires are often hard to come by in netball, as are officials and volunteers in many sports, but the carnival saw Maggie Hardiman and Amber Nekel qualify for their national C-badge in umpiring.
In addition Ashleigh Crock was cadeted, meaning that she is now able to sit on a panel to assess future umpires seeking to obtain qualification.
It is great to see these officials qualifying and being recognised for their efforts, without which games wouldn’t run.
All three were asked to umpire finals on the last day of the carnival, which is a great honour.
With this combination of volunteers, officials, sports stars male and female, and award winning sportsmanship, the future for netball in Denmark is looking good.