DOUGLAS Netball celebrated the grandfinal last week, with the games spread over the week due to poor weather and a few players being absent.
In the Under-10s, the Net Set Go girls enjoyed their final games for the year with Alison and Michelle, and the Beach Babes and the Young Stars played a fantastic final game.
The Stars started off well, shooting the first goal and by half time the teams were two goals each. The Babes took the third quarter shooting three goals to nil and kept the pressure on to take the win 5-2.
The Under- 12 grandfinal was played a week early this year to enable one of the teams to play their full side-after all the hard work put in by the kids to get to the final.
In the first quarter the Saints were unstoppable, having the majority of possession with some fabulous plays by Jay Heidke and Jaime Thurtell, but were a little unlucky in the goal circle with seven attempts.
The Diamonds’ Kyah Francis made the most of the three rare opportunities to score and were the first on the board with one goal.
The Saints’ defence made it hard fought. In the second quarter Stella Burnett scored for the Saints early and from there the Diamonds took control with some stellar shooting from Jasmine Kirk and Kyah Francis, running out to to a 6-1 lead.
Both teams played spectacularly in the third, with the Diamonds’ defence by Faith Kempster and Mia Devine keeping t he Saints scoreless. Saints centre court players Kate Padovan and Maddi Santarossa made some unbelievable intercepts and kept the ball moving down the court with style.
The 4th quarter was equal for both sides, scoring two goals apiece and both sides showed why they were in the grandfinal, not least for their great sportsmanship at the final siren, shaking hands and sharing pizza (thanks to Jodi Francis) and laughs.
Final score: Diamonds 11 defeated the Saints 3. Best and Fairest: Faith Kempster.
Players choice: Mia Devine and Jay Heidke.
The 14- 16/ Under grandfinal between the Strikers and Young Guns 1 was deferred to the Thursday at the Mossman Indoor centre due to poor weather. The Strikers ended the first quarter with a 4-nil lead. The second quarter saw a turnaround with the Young Guns shooting 9 goals to 4, Sasha LowensteinJones and Piper Adams in the circle, the pace was on with both teams playing brilliantly in all positions.
The teams’ skills were tested at every opportunity with the slightest misjudgement pounced upon by the opposition, which made it a great game to watch. There were with plenty of intercepts as each team put in a total effort working the ball to goals. By the end of the third quarter the Guns were up by two goals which set up the last quarter to be a thriller, and it did not disappoint.
The Young Guns’ defence was exemplary with Ella Dodds and Keely Harold working overtime keeping the Strikers shooters Lauren Radcliffe and Michaela Goodwin under pressure at every attempt at goal. The Guns’ defence never waned but the Strikers’ shooters managed to work through shooting 10-4 in the last quarter, with a great effort by Madi Malone and Samaria Denman keeping the ball in the Strikers’ possession. Final score: 21-17 to the Strikers.
Last Tuesday night the senior grandfinal was ready to start at Port Courts but the unpredictable weather sent down another belt of rain and wind. Not to be put off the games were transferred to the Mossman Indoor Centre.
Division 3 was played between the 14/Under Reps team and the Gunnars, the young Reps with two subs and plenty of energy playing a great game against their older opposition who were down to the bare seven on court for the night. The Reps, who had only been beaten once over the year by the Gunnars, were not about to let it happen again, and took the court with gusto, getting the ball into their circle 23 times to seven shooting just six goals to three. Fantastic defence by the Gunnars kept the score down for the fourth quarters with no easy goals given. From the second quarter on the game settled; the pace was fast and pressure was on every pass with the Reps edging away. The Gunnars made a great come- back in the fourth, shooting nine goals to six but couldn’t sustain it to win. Final score: 32-22 to the Reps.
Best players: Madi Malone, Samaria Denman, Tyler Mous, Lauren Radcliffe, Casey Kemp, Bindi, Mel Ferrero and Megan Newell.
The Division 2 grandfinal was between the Young Jets and Dynamite, who joined the senior comp this year coming up from the juniors, although a number of the girls have played senior netball in rep teams in past years.
The game started with plenty of pace, both teams bringing their A game to court. Dynamite were a goal up in the first quarter despite the Jets having more attempts at the other end of the court. For the next two quarters the pressure continued with the Jets up by just one goal at three quarter time.
The Jets steadied, showing skill and discipline to hold the Dynamite team to five goals while shooting 11 to take the win.
A fantastic game to watch, showcasing these young girls and a credit to their coaches Sharon Beechey and Cassandra Hill in bringing them through to this level of play. Best players: Meg Goodall, Saskia Wanklyn, Natalie Littler, Rae Page, Tahlia Peterson and for Dynamite Jess Eagle-Rowe, Tayler Durie, Eleisha Mealing, Simone Pringle and Bronte Lowenstein-Jones.
Division 1 saw another close game between top teams Cougars and Crocs 1 faced off. The game was a battle between experience and youth, the Crocs team averaging 20 year of age against their older rivals.
All year the teams have been neck and neck and the grandfinal was to be no different.
The Cougars shot 15 to 13 in the first quarter, with the Crocs levelling the score by half time. Despite a gallant effort by the Cougars the Crocs kept coming, edging away by three goals at the third quarter siren.
The final quarter saw the Cougars with 20 shots at goal to the Crocs 17, but the Crocs had the accuracy on the night taking the win by 5 goals. Final score: 45-40. Best players: Rhiannon Schreiber
Blattner, Rochelle Miller, Charlotte Turvey, Simone Tesch, Kelly King, Gemma Gwilliams and Dani Bellero.
The senior presentation will be held at Port Courts tomorrow, September 13, at 6.30pm, tickets $35. There will be a three- course meal, lucky door prize, awards, drinks at bar prices and music under the stars.
Thank you to all the coaches, umpires, team managers, parents and players for making the year a great success, we hope to see you all back again next year.
A very big thank you to our sponsors, particularly Sun Palm Express for donating a 56 seater
bus every week to transport the players across from Mossman.
The Junior presentation will be held shortly after school returns in October.