Olympians & Buccs player Johny Narkle cleans up with season MVP, top scorer, best defender awards

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Johny Narkle scooped the grand final and season awards.
Camera IconJohny Narkle scooped the grand final and season awards. Credit: Colin Sherman/Geraldton Guardian

Local basketballer Johny Narkle has capped off his stunning season by being awarded best men’s player and winning both the top defensive and offensive awards.

Narkle added the season MVP gong to his grand final most valuable player award and an all-star spot and deadliest attacker, with 341 points.

Pumas’ Flynn Dillon was runner-up MVP, ahead of some highly fancied teammates.

Pumas’ Ben Matthews was selected to coach the all-star line-up.

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Pumas and Fenix Geraldton Buccaneers teammates Harry Evans and Tom Dobson made the cut at point guard and off guard, with Narkle as small forward and Dillon as power forward.

Pumas and Buccs player William Galvin was an unsurprising choice at centre.

Hawks and Buccs player Bob Griechen was rising star, and Jarrod Purcher was referee of the year.

In the women’s competition, Stateside’s Abbie McDonald was season MVP, ahead of Pumas’ Georgia Farley, and was also best defensive player.

Pumas coach and Buccs veteran and 2019 championship ring winner Liam Hunt, who is out of the NBL1 West with a long-term injury, was selected as coach for the women’s all-star squad.

Pumas’ Caitlin Wilson was selected at point guard, and Stateside’s Charlotte Kennedy was off guard, with Trades’ Gemma Dix at small forward.

Farley made the cut at power forward, and McDonald was selected as centre.

Dix was top scorer with 239 points, and Pumas’ Tiani Teakle was selected as rising star.

Joel Newey was referee of the year.

Chapman Valley’s Llewyn Valli was under-18 boys’ division one MVP and Pumas’ Sienna Forsyth and Trades’ Daisy Whitehurst shared the award in the under-18 girls’ top division.

The association will have its annual general meeting on March 28 at 6pm, with nominations open for president and committee members.

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