St George netball champions for 2015, the Alternators.
St George netball champions for 2015, the Alternators. Peter Carruthers

Grand final fever comes to St George

WAR paint adorned their faces and looks of fierce determination did nothing to reveal the butterflies in the bellies of netball players at the weekend.

The players in the St George netball grand final left the court hot, sweaty and tired - some victorious, for others there is always next year.

The winners were: The Rafters, the Girls on Fire, the Indecisive and the Alternators.

In the C2-Grade division the Rafters have been without a doubt the dominant team all season - the weekend was no exception, they walked away easy winners from their game with the Tornadoes, 12 goals to 4.

The C1- Grade the Hot Shots took on the Girls on Fire.

Girls on Fire got off to a good start and led by seven goals to one at the first break.

The Hotshots came back in the second quarter scoring five but the Girls on Fire scored six, the score at the end of the second quarter was 13-6, Girls on Fire.

Consistent goal shooting from Girls on Fire's, Taylah Draper and Olivia Cochrane saw them extend their lead to ten points at three quarter time.

The final quarter was a good one for the Hotshots but it was not enough to outdo the Girls on fire. The final score, Girls on Fire 21, the Hotshots 13.

The game of the day had to be awarded to the tussle between B-Grade sides, the Indecisive and the Sapphires.

The Indecisive got scoring quickly in the first quarter and led by five goals at the first hooter.

They slowed down during the second only scoring twice to the Sapphires five goals.

During the third quarter saw the Sapphires send seven balls through the hoop to the Indecisive's three. This surge gave the Sapphires the lead at the end of the third quarter by two goals.

A challenge was laid down by the Sapphires to the Indecisive - a challenge they were happy to accept.

The final quarter was a cracker, the crowd was screaming and on the edge of their seats.

The Indecisive managed to find a new gear and score eight goals to the Sapphires five during the last quarter.

This was enough to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat, winning by one point.

St George netball's Peta Hart said the B-Grade match up was the game of the day.

"It was a fantastic game. At the end of the third quarter they [the Sapphires] were ahead. To keep up with the Indecisive in the fourth quarter and to lose by one goal was a credit to them," she said.

"It was a good crowd and well behaved, so it was very good to see."

The final game of the day was the A-Grade match up between the Cruisers and the Alternators.

Last year's premiers, the Alternators led at the first quarter by three goals and extended this lead to seven by the end of the second.

During the third quarter the Cruisers - realising they were in trouble - hit back and bought the difference back to eight goals.

They continued to power on, outscoring the Alternators during the final quarter.

But it was not enough to knock the Alternators from their perch - for the second year in a row the Alternators emerged victors. The final score was 26-29.

Captain of the Alternators Neata Dhalstrom said it felt good to win against the Cruisers.

"It was pretty to watch," she said.
 


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