Un­likely flag for Bombers

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Justin Fris

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.”

Pic­ture: Three Springs Net­ball Club

Three Springs cel­e­brated their fifth con­sec­u­tive North Mid­lands Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nal win on Satur­day against Car­namah.

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