Kazuals dim Light­ning to make fi­nal

Geraldton Guardian - - Netball -

Kazuals made the 2017 Se­nior 1 grand fi­nal af­ter a con­vinc­ing win against Light­ning in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal on Fri­day night.

It was a do-or-die match for the two sides to de­ter­mine who would face Aztecs in the grand fi­nal this Fri­day night.

Kazuals coach and player Mis­cha West­lake said her side had been hard at work to en­sure they pro­duced con­sis­tency as a team.

“Ev­ery­thing we did and talked about at train­ing, we put into ac­tion on the court,” she said.

“We worked re­ally well as a team, and over­all it was just a re­ally good win.”

Kazuals were fir­ing from the first whis­tle and looked com­posed and set­tled.

Light­ning’s ac­cu­racy was poor and they looked a bit scat­tered mov­ing the ball down the court.

Kazuals seemed com­fort­able as they walked off the court at the first break with a nine-goal lead.

Light­ning’s young shooter Mary Burke worked ex­tremely hard for her side, as did her team­mates Ken­dall Schuts and Caitlin Pears.

Kazuals con­tin­ued to cap­i­talise on their mar­gin and went from strength to strength, hold­ing a 15goal lead at the main break.

Light­ning’s de­fend­ers had their work cut out for them as Kazuals shoot­ers Zoe Sellers and West­lake were on fire, rarely miss­ing any op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der the ring.

Kazuals in­creased the mar­gin by a fur­ther three goals head­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter, 52-34.

They ran out 71-46 win­ners to put them into the grand fi­nal.

Light­ning’s coach Kym Mor­phew said she was proud of how far her side had come.

“I was dis­ap­pointed we couldn’t back it up from our win against Fal­cons in the semi­fi­nal the week be­fore,” she said.

“I’m proud of my whole team and I didn’t ex­pect to get this far.”

Aztecs will take on Kazuals in the grand fi­nal on Fri­day at 7pm at the Redink Homes Sta­dium on Eighth Street.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Light­ning’s Re­becca El­lis and Kazuals’ Abby Ber­nath.

Light­ning’s Jodie Tyrant and Kazuals’ Mis­cha West­lake.

Kazuals’ Abby Ber­nath and Light­ning’s Ken­dall Schuts.

Light­ning’s Brit­tany Pethick and Kazuals’ Zoe Sellers.

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