WA netballer wins individual award but title goes to NSW at State Netball Centre

Players prepare to contest the Marie Little OAM Shield.
Players prepare to contest the Marie Little OAM Shield.

WA hosted the Marie Little OAM Shield for the first time last weekend attracting six teams from around Australia.

The home side started the tournament, held at the State Netball Centre, with tough games against favourites South Australia and eventual premiers New South Wales before getting a win against the Northern Territory on the second day.

WA and the Northern Territory met again on the final day to play off for 5th spot with the latter taking the win.

WA Head Coach Jaime-Leigh Strickland said they were prepared for close competitions against the Northern Territory and Queensland.

“The girls had a ball and they have made some great friends from right across the country, so it’s always a huge success when that happens,” Strickland said.

“Yes, we are here to win, but everyone is cheering for each other and everyone wants everyone to succeed.”

West Australian shooter Shakira Jamieson was awarded the inaugural Naomi Perry Spirit of Netball Award, recognising her sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

Netball WA Community Netball general manager Liz Booth said Jamieson had been an outstanding member of the No Limits Netball pathway over the past few years and was an integral member of the WA Marie Little OAM Shield team.

“The qualities Shakira displays on and off the netball court are truly inspiring and make her an incredibly worthy recipient of this award.”

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