Family affair for Johnson

KAPUNDA Netball Club’s win in this year’s Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one grand final ended a 10-year premiership drought for the Bombers, but was also extra special for coach Sarah Johnson.
Johnson, who is a member of the well-known Ryan family, said her passion for Kapunda is “in her blood”
– her grandmother, Rose Ryan, and her mother, Gail Ryan, are both life members, while her sisters, Penny
Chappell and Tab Mackenzie, are both gun senior one players.
The Bombers’ premiership victory last fortnight was Johnson’s first as a senior one coach – but more
importantly, it was a win for the entire Kapunda family.
“Penny and Stacey (Burgess) played in the grand final 10 years ago,” she said.
“They’ve been at the club for many years; that dedication, and service, is huge.
“Kristy Barker was a junior netballer at Kapunda, so was Emma Thomas, and it was Hannah Thomas’ first
“Candy Zivic, unfortunately, couldn’t finish off the year (due to injury), and Tab Mackenzie has been at
the club forever; she’s had a year off to have a baby this year, but she’s still a part of it.
“These girls deserve it, it’s a family.”
Many likened this year’s Kapunda side to the premiership-winning side of 2006, as the group, just like it was 10 years ago, is extremely tight-knit.
After the win, Johnson encouraged the Bombers to “enjoy and treasure” the moment as something they will remember forever.
“It’s not just an awesome team, these girls all get along really well and they’ll be friends for life,” she said.


Steph Konatar was an intern at The Bunyip during her Bachelor of Journalism degree. After completing her course, Steph moved to Dubbo, NSW, for her first industry job at The Daily Liberal, before moving to Queanbeyan, NSW to pursue her dream of sports journalism. Steph moved back to Adelaide in late 2015 and soon started work at The Bunyip. She plays Aussie rules for West Adelaide and loves basketball and the NBA.

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