Bur­dekin on the ball

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

BUR­DEKIN has taken out the Townsville City Netball mi­nor premier­ship af­ter fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar pre­mier league sea­son with a 61- 48 win over Ru­n­aways.

Bur­dekin ex­tended their win­ning streak to eight games and earned their first mi­nor premier­ship in the process, over­tak­ing pre­vi­ous lead­ers Nep­tunes at the fi­nal hur­dle.

“We weren’t ex­pect­ing the mi­nor premier­ship at all, but other re­sults fell our way and it was a bit of a shock when we re­alised we had a chance of fin­ish­ing on top if we got the win,” said Bur­dekin cap­tain- coach Cara Trindle.

“It’s been 15 years in the mak­ing, now we want to get the premier­ship.

“The con­fi­dence is re­ally high and to fin­ish our last game with a good win was great for the team, but now it’s one game at a time.”

The in- form Bur­dekin suf­fered a set­back when Trindle went down with a knee in­jury dur­ing the first quar­ter.

It re­sulted in a reshuf­fle that saw Krys­tel Kerr play out of po­si­tion at goal at­tack.

“It’s not easy be­ing put into the goal cir­cle when you haven’t played there all year,” Trindle said, who ex­pects to be fit for next week’s semi.

“That was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort, and that’s how our team has been all year.

“Things some­times don’t go right to plan but we all have a job to do.”

Bur­dekin will play Nep­tunes in next week’s ma­jor semi- fi­nal, with Nep­tunes en­ter­ing fi­nals af­ter hav­ing a bye.

Saints play Phoenix in the elim­i­na­tion semi af­ter fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son in third, scor­ing a 40- 31 win over Mar­ian Vix­ens.

The win came at a much needed time for Saints, who lost their past two games by close mar­gins.

“It’s good to be back on track,” Saints coach An­gela Cooper said.

“Our links and con­nec­tions were very good, but we did lapse off a bit and we’ll need to stick to our game plan for four quar­ters.

“I think it’s just very ex­cit­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion that there’s no clear favourite.”

Phoenix will also en­ter the fi­nals on a win­ning note af­ter beat­ing High­landers 37- 30 in a tough and en­ter­tain­ing con­test.

Sim­ply tip the win­ning teams and you win the jack­pot!

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

FULL STRETCH: Mar­ian- Vix­ens de­fender Bree Niven plays de­fence on Saints shooter Jen­nifer Hamil­ton in their team’s pre­mier league netball clash.

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