Town netball grand finals at Jubilee oval | Photos

The Griffith Netball Association hosted their grand final day last Saturday and there were some great

contests throughout the day.

The windy conditions were a concern and certainly made shooting difficult across all time slots. The

first to tackle the conditions were the 10 year old Xquisite Diamonds and The Gems. These two

teams finished first and second on the ladder, and did the job in the finals series to make it through

to the grand final. On the day, the Xquisite Diamonds kept their unbeaten record intact, taking the

game by 17-10. Player of the final was Xquisite centre Tahlia Quinn.

In the 11 years, the 3C Stars were matched up against R and R Gunns. 3C Stars led at all three

changes to take the game by 11-5. An excellent centre court performance by Ella Savage saw her

awarded the player of the match and the sought after match ball.

It was a similar story in the 12 years division, with Searls leading all the way to record a comfortable

win over Stegglers. A good performance in the shooting circle and across the centre court saw

Lauren Ippoliti awarded the player of the final. Searls played some excellent netball to take the win,

and to their credit, Stegglers never gave up until the final siren rang.

The 13/14 years grand final featured the in form Combined AgWork up against Bardney Metal

Fabrication / Pollard Transport. Combined AgWork had taken the win against Bardney / Pollard in

the first round of the finals, and repeated this performance in the grand final, but not without a huge

fight from the Bardney / Pollards girls. In a thriller, the difference was just two goals, with Charlotte

Scott being judged as the player of the match.

In D Grade, another tight match up was on offer, with the PFD Swifts versing the Blue Diamonds. In

a see-sawing contest, the Blue Diamonds held on to win by just one goal. The big crowd on hand

were on the edge of their seats for the entire game, and the Swifts were unlucky not to draw after

just missing a penalty goal attempt after the final siren. The MVP for this exciting match was

another centre court player in Alex Parisotto.

MIA Coaches C Grade was another exciting game with Big Chicks leading the Dreamers by 2 at the

first change. By half time it was 18 all and it was anyone’s game. However, Big Chicks got a run on

in the second half and thanks to some strong defence on Dreamers shooter and birthday girl Mona

Orake, Big Chicks took the win and Grace Catanzariti took out MVP.

The Ill Corso Café B Grade drew a huge and vocal crowd and the game was a cracker. An early injury

to DeBortoli’s defender Emma Norbiato threatened to disrupt the minor premier’s rhythm, but the

experience of replacement Monique Rossi was key, and they led over the Griffith Motor Group girls

by 1 goal at the first change. At half time the game was even and a late third quarter rally by Motor

Group saw them score on the hooter to head into the last quarter with a 2 goal lead. Goals went

with the centre pass for most of the last quarter and then with four minutes remaining Motor Group

scored off a DeBortoli error. Another quick goal off the ensuing Motor Group centre pass put the

result beyond doubt, with Motor Group posting a 7 goal win. MVP was Melissa DeBortoli.

Coro Club A Grade saw last year’s B Grade Premiers Tonann take on Fresh Health and Fitness /

Masters of Hair. The first quarter was an arm wrestle, with both teams taking some time to settle

and to also adjust to the conditions. A large crowd was on hand to support both teams making for a

wonderful atmosphere, and by half time, Tonann had opened up a 5 goal lead. Fresh tried hard to

stay in the contest and made Tonann work for every goal, but in the end Tonann took the title by 27

goals to 16. MVP was Tonann’s Lily Belle Misoli, whose steadying influence and accurate shooting in

the goal circle when switched to goal attack was a major influence on the outcome of the game.

This brings the Griffith Netball Association regular competition to a close for the 2017 season. The

Association would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year and we hope to see

you next year for another great season of local netball.