Nothin Special go back-to-back in ladies netball grand final
Returning to the courts as the reigning premiers, the Chinchilla ladies' netball team Nothin' Special had a high standard to live up to but the side proved to be just as good this season.
Nothin' Special finished third on the ladder and took on fifth-placed team Shenanigans in the ladies' netball grand final on Friday night.
It was a hard-fought battle, with Nothin' Special players looking like they were going to run away with it, before Shenanigans got a few goals in a row and pegged back the lead.
In a game between youth and experience,it was the younger side, Nothin' Special which came out on top, 48-37.
Captain Kate O'Sullivan said her teammates were excited to make it to the grand final again this year and were ecstatic when they managed to take it out.
"It was a great feeling to take out the win again,” O'Sullivan said.
"I was so proud of all of the girls and how well they all played.
"At the start we were a little nervous because there was lots of people there watching the finals.
"However we just played our own game and all of the girls, particularly our shooters and defence, stayed really strong throughout the whole game.”
It wasn't an easy road for them to reach the grand final, coming up against top-of-the-ladder finishers Aces in the preliminary final.
That particular match went into overtime on multiple occasions and each team scored 70-plus goals before Nothin' Special devastated Aces.
"It was a really tough game,” O'Sullivan said.
"The Aces team has some amazing players and we had to work really hard to get the win.
"It's one game I will always remember.”
Most team members have played together for the past few years so achieving back-to-back wins was special for all of them.
An instrumental person in the teams for putting the balls in the hoop was goal shooter Christina Jones.
She attributed the grand final win to all their hard work throughout the season.
"The commitment that the team showed every week, by turning up and playing their game, is what got us through,” Jones said.
"We were always feeling really confident going in, even though most of them are older, because we did beat them last time,” she said.
The game officially wrapped up the Chinchilla netball season with some great talent on display and players are looking forward to taking to the court for the 2020 season next year.