Unlikely flag for Bombers
Three Springs came from the clouds to defeat Carnamah 43-41 in a remarkable North Midlands Netball Association A-grade grand final in Morawa on Saturday.
The Bombers, who won their fifth premiership in a row, were pushed all the way by a determined Carnamah, who led by five goals midway through the final term.
Full-time brought an element of relief for the Bombers in an A-grade season that almost did not happen.
“We actually weren’t even supposed to have an A-grade side this year,” coach Sulwyn Mutter said after the game.
“We (initially) only had enough (players) for one team and that was a B-grade side. So myself and Deb (Bone) said we wouldn’t play this year so that the B-grade girls could play and be able to develop their skills properly.
“But then when we had a grading night, we got graded into A-grade anyway. We decided we needed to find an A-grade side so the girls could still be where they needed to be.
“So it was a fairly big push to try to get an A-grade side on the court.”
Maintaining solid numbers is a worrying trend across most sports in the North Midlands, with many clubs relying on a variety of personnel from week to week.
“It certainly wasn’t on our agenda at the start of the season to win another premiership,” Mutter said. “Our primary objective was to ensure the B-grade girls could play and enjoy their netball, improve and develop along the way — rather than sit in A-grade and probably get smashed every week.
“We were able to achieve that with them and still somehow field the two teams every week, which was a real push.
“We were lucky. We had a lot of support from past and retired players and (even) hockey players filling in when they could so we could have an A-grade side.”
Three Springs celebrated their fifth consecutive North Midlands Netball Association grand final win on Saturday against Carnamah.