Kazuals dim Lightning to make final
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.
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.