War­riors re­peat the treat

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

THE West Coast War­riors are back-to­back WA Net­ball League cham­pi­ons.

The league side de­feated Coastal Sharks 47-43 at the State Net­ball Centre on Sunday in a tight fin­ish to the big­gest clash of WA’s top com­pe­ti­tion.

The club’s U18 and re­serves sides also fea­tured on grand fi­nal day but could not get over the line.

It was the second straight year the War­riors had all three of their sides in grand fi­nals, but only came home with the league pen­nant.

The War­riors held an eight-goal lead head­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter but the Sharks pulled level with three min­utes to go.

The defin­ing mo­ment of the game came soon after when the War­riors’ Emma Cosh, known for her at­tack rather than de­fence, made a brave in­ter­cept to swing the mo­men­tum back to the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

War­riors coach Kelly Guadagnin la­belled the vic­tory a re­lief after a chal­leng­ing fourth term.

“It didn’t go our way with all three teams to­day, but we had a job to get done and we did,” she said.

“Those one-per­centers, we pride our­selves on those and they’re the real big things that win you games.

“We spoke about win­ning mo­ments, and for an at­tacker to play de­fence and get an in­ter­cept, I was out of my seat, it was out­stand­ing.”

In the re­serves, West Coast lost 55-43 to Coastal Sharks, who recorded their sixth-straight ti­tle. The U18s were out­done by Perth Lions 56-43.

WA Net­ball League cham­pi­ons West Coast War­riors.

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