Albany Netball Association dominated the second instalment of the Great Southern Regional Championships, claiming five of the seven titles at the highly successful three-day event held at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre at the weekend. The carnival, run by Netball WA and hosts ANA, attracted 32 teams across the seven age divisions and consisted of players from Narrogin, Esperance, Ongerup, Kojonup, Katanning, Denmark and Albany. Teams played qualifying games from Friday night before the grand finals on Sunday decided the seven division champions. Katanning Netball Association claimed the other two grand finals on offer with ANA finishing runner-up in one while Ongerup went down in the other grand final against Katanning. In the open division 1 grand final, Albany 1 and Albany 2 faced off for bragging rights but it was the older and more experienced Albany 2 that claimed victory, winning 34-25. The 12-and-under decider went the way of Albany, who continued on their recent strong form winning all games including the final, 16-13 over Narrogin and Districts Netball Association. Albany had two teams in the 14-and-under grand final but the experience of Albany 1 was too much for Albany 2 with Albany 1 winning easily 52-20. Albany were also successful in the 17-and-under division as they went through the carnival undefeated. In the grand final Albany held off a brave Narrogin outfit, 42-34. There were two pools in the 13-and-under competition with the top team from each pool facing off the grand final. Albany were too strong against neighbouring town Denmark to claim the decider 24-16. However, in the 15-and-under grand final Albany went down to Katanning, 27-34. Katanning lost only one game for the whole carnival and capped it off with a well-deserved title. The visiting Katanning association also took out the open division 2 decider, winning a nail bitter 16-15 against Ongerup. In other awards from the championships, the volunteer of the year award was awarded to NDNA president Lee Conlan. Coach of the meet was Katanning’s Kelly Holzknecht and rising star coach was Abbie Jones from Esperance. Katanning were the best-dressed association and Esperance won the sportsmanship award. Narrogin’s Megan Hardie was the umpire of the champs and Bodhi Anyon from Katanning was recognised as the rising star umpire. Four national C umpiring badges were awarded to Albany duo Rose Hunter and Mitchell Hamilton along with Katanning pair Kristy D’Aprille and Anyon.