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.