Port Lincoln secured a Pedler double on Saturday, winning the Pedler Cup and Pedler Shield in Ceduna.
Far West hosted the 2017 Pedler Cup in perfect sunny conditions and with little breeze prevailing which allowed the players to perform at their best.
Teams from Mid West, Eastern Eyre, Great Flinders, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Far West challenged for the division one Pedler Cup and division two Pedler Shield.
Far West Netball Association president Bev Oats welcomed all and praised the efforts of the associations and the Pedler family for keeping the Pedler Cup tradition alive from 1961 to the 57th carnival this year.
The official opening of the carnival was performed by Karen Collins, a life member of the Far West Netball Association, who explained that a highlight for her had been playing in the 1964 edition of the Pedler Cup.
Until the lunch break Port Lincoln and Eastern Eyre had not lost a game in either division one or division two.
At the business end of the round robin, Port Lincoln continued its winning form in both divisions to go to the finals undefeated.
The grand final of the Pedler Shield saw Port Lincoln take on Eastern Eyre, umpired by Jo Hoffrichter and Elizabeth Burns.
From the outset Port Lincoln demonstrated their outstanding skills to dominate and while Eastern Eyre worked hard in displaying great determination in an effort to match Port Lincoln, the end result finished 25-3.
Port Lincoln’s Codey Mosely was the best on court.
Old rivals Port Lincoln and Great Flinders went head to head In the grand final of the Pedler Cup.
Umpires Tania Williams and Glenda Connellan let the game flow, allowing a keen contest between the teams in which Great Flinders started well but Port Lincoln soon settled to even the score.
In the second half Port Lincoln’s defensive pressure kept them adding more on the scoreboard, while great intercepts by Great Flinders defenders gave opportunities for scoring that were not taken.
A fighting finish by Great Flinders had Port Lincoln worried as the lead was reduced to two goals by the final whistle, finishing 17-15.
A highlight of this game was the accurate shooting by Port Lincoln goalies, with best on court awarded to Airlie O’Brien.
This win gave Port Lincoln back-to-back premierships in both divisions, an outstanding achievement.
Robyn Pedler travelled to Ceduna for the presentations and to award the Pedler Cup, Pedler Shield and trophies to respective winners.
She commented on how pleased she was to see the carnival, the longest running in the state, continue and outlined some of the cup’s history.
The importance of the cup to Eyre Peninsula netballers was also noted, with this being the foundation for moving forward to senior grades.
Throughout the day the dedication and sportsmanship of players, officials and umpires was inspirational and the work done by the Far West Netball Association committee, recorder Tracey Gurney, timer Kate Thiele and sports trainer Caroline Stott added to the smooth running of the carnival.
The Far West Netball Association appreciated their efforts.
The Mid West association will host next year’s Pedler Cup carnival.