EXCITING FINAL SERIES ASSURED
ONE of the most competitive Townsville City Netball finals’ series in recent years looks a near certainty following this week’s knifeedge round.
Bottom- placed Highlanders scored one of the season’s big upsets by beating ladder leaders Neptunes 39- 35, and second- placed Saints were pipped at the post by Burdekin, who secured a 41- 39 win.
But even that wasn’t the round’s closest win.
That honour belongs to MarianVixens. Marian- Vixens beat Phoenix 37- 36 in a thrilling goal- for- goal contest, which puts Marian into fourth place alongside Phoenix with two games remaining until finals.
“It was close all the way through,” Marian coach Sue Warmington said.
“We were very evenly matched and as we all know any team can win on their day.
“We were down after the first quarter and we had to hang in during the second, but the girls held their nerve and got some crucial turnovers.
“Then it was goal for goal in the fourth quarter, and it was a cliffhanger at the end.”
Goal defender Kym Patterson received special praise from Warmington, as did the team’s handful of younger players. “They all played their part and our defenders were outstanding,” Warmington said.
“We had a few youngsters out there as well who did a great job, and that game was another good experience for them.
“We’re starting to find a bit of form and now we’re in a good battle to make that top four.”
Burdekin made it six in a row with their win over Saints and they will will now prepare for next week’s crucial game against Highlanders.
Saints and Neptunes share top spot on the competition ladder, although Neptunes have a bye in hand.