The Coro Club A Grade netball final between ES Sprightly and Fresh Health and Fitness / Masters of Hair promised to be a great game and the two sides did not disappoint on Saturday afternoon at Jubilee Oval.
Both sides took a little bit of time to settle in, with Fresh / Masters of Hair putting the first points on the board. However, both teams had trouble getting their shots to drop, due in part to some excellent circle defence by both teams.
By the first break, Fresh / Masters had the best of a quarter of lost opportunities, and they led by four.
The second quarter was similar to the first, with ES Sprightly creating plenty of chances which just didn’t quite convert into points on the scoreboard.
At half time, Fresh / Masters of Hair still held a four point lead. After the break, ES Sprightly made some key positional changes, switching Adele Stinson to goal shooter and injecting Jas Blumer into the game at goal keeper.
The result was immediate, with a quick goal to Sprightly off a Fresh / Masters centre pass error. Stinson posted two more quick goals and the gap was narrowed to just one point.
Stinson posted two more quick goals and the gap was narrowed to just one point.
The pressure was telling, and it was Fresh/Masters turn to struggle to convert their shots into points. However their shooters eventually regained their rhythm and by the end of the third quarter Fresh / Masters were clinging to a two point lead.
The fourth quarter was a great contest, with some desperate defence in the circle from both sides.
The crowd was enthralled by the closeness of the contest, and with just 40 seconds remaining, Sprightly had the chance to draw even for the first time in the game.
But with the ball going over the baseline Fresh / Masters held on to win and book their spot in the grand final in what was a really great game of netball. Both teams gave everything they had and are to be congratulated on their skill and sportsmanship.
Fresh will take on the young Tonann Side next week and will be in for another hard contest. In the Ill Corso B Grade clash, DeBortoli’s accounted for the Rep 14’s, setting up a grand final clash with Griffith Motor Group.
DeBortoli’s were the B Grade minor premier’s and will be looking to win and win well against Motor Group. This too will be a good contest, and could go either way.
In MIA Coaches C Grade, Dreamers continued their excellent form at the back end of the season, ending SPS /Doms/Bowman’s season.
This was a close game, with just one point separating the teams at half time. However, an impressive second half saw Dreamers win by four in the end. Dreamers will meet Big Chicks in the grand final. Dreamers will be hard to stop, but Big Chicks are also in form and will be fresh and ready to go.
In other results, D Grade’s Blue Diamonds bounced back after last week’s loss to gain another crack at the PFD Swifts, as did Bardney Metal Fabrication / Pollards Transport in the 13/14’s who defeated AES Rockets to gain a second opportunity to take on Combined AgWork.
In the 12 years group, Stegglers won through to the grand final while R and R Gunns won in the 11 years. The Gems will take on the Xquisite Dolphins in the 10 years. We wish all teams the best of luck.