The Shire of Ashburton joined forces with Buurabalayji Thalanyji to stage the best event yet when the 4th Annual Onslow Basketball Carnival took place on the weekend of October 13th and 14, 2012.
A total of 19 teams participated in the carnival including seven senior mens teams, five senior women's teams and eight junior teams.
Teams travelled from all over the North West with competitors joining Onslow from Broome, Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha and Tom Price.
Onslow did well on the court with the senior womens team making it to the Grand final. Unfortunately they were defeated by Lady Mustangs who have now won two years in a row.
Onslow’s U14 girls were defeated by only three points and certainly did the town proud.
The Under 14 boys team were the stars of the weekend and took out the title by winning the Grand Final after a spectacular performance on the court.
It was a hot weekend with temperatures reaching 37 degrees. The senior mens teams deserve particular credit as they played six games during these extreme conditions.
The event was well run and a large number of volunteers contributed to the success of the weekend.
“We had lots of volunteers [as] people travelled from Karratha, Perth and Australind to help us out, it made light work of the weekend!” Community Services Manager for the Shire of Ashburton, Peta Hayto, said.
Thalanyji Representative Glenys Hayes said he was pleased with the result.
“We were excited and pleased to see the Onslow teams competitive and very happy for our junior boys team taking out the trophy.”
BHP Billiton were the principal sponsor of the weekend and have made significant contributions to the development of basketball over the last few years in Onslow and we thank them for their ongoing support.
Further sponsorship was received from Thalanyji and the Shire of Ashburton.
We look forward to the 2013 carnival and to seeing our local teams compete. Please keep checking the Shire of Ashburton website for dates and carnival details closer to the date.