Un­der-14s book grand fi­nal berth

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

NET­BALL: Whit­sun­day Net­ball’s Un­der-14s have made the grand fi­nal in their first year of com­pe­ti­tion.

Every week the girls have been head­ing to Mackay to play in the Mackay Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Com­pe­ti­tion and last week de­feated the Gal­axy Mir­ris to se­cure a berth in the grand fi­nal.

The team fin­ished the sea­son in third and last Satur­day in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal beat the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers, 26-22, af­ter be­ing be­hind for three quar­ters of the match.

Coach Ma­mari Cor­ner said at the end of the sea­son the girls were now beat­ing teams who had beaten them at the be­gin­ning.

The grand fi­nal at 10am on Satur­day at the Mackay net­ball courts will be against West Roar, who fin­ished the sea­son in se­cond and the un­der-14s are yet to beat them.

Cor­ner said the girls would treat the grand fi­nal as just an­other game.

“We are go­ing to stick to what we have been do­ing and at train­ing (on Tues­day) we (did) some trust ac­tiv­i­ties so they can be­lieve in each other,” she said.

“If it is not go­ing to plan they can know they have each other’s backs which may get them over the line.”

The team won a com­pe­ti­tion to train with the Bris­bane Fire­birds in June and has not lost a game since.

Cather­ine Mau en­tered un­der her daugh­ter’s name with the hope of giv­ing the girls a chance to meet their idols.

Cor­ner said the ex­clu­sive coach­ing ses­sion was still pay­ing div­i­dends.

“It game them the con­fi­dence to bring their abil­i­ties to­gether,” she said.

“They didn’t think they were that ca­pa­ble prior to it and it made them feel a bit spe­cial and im­por­tant.

“Their con­fi­dence and skills have grown each week which has re­flected on the court by get­ting over teams that were dif­fi­cult for them ear­lier in the sea­son.

“Now we only have one more game to play.”

The team’s courts were dam­aged by Cy­clone Deb­bie so the girls were train­ing on grass courts in Proser­pine and trav­el­ling 120km to com­pete in Mackay each Satur­day.

It would be a tough out­ing in Mackay this Satur­day but Cor­ner said she had faith in the abil­ity of the squad to win for the first time against West Roar.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON A ROLL: Jor­dyn Mau, Erin Scoth­ern, Molly O'Con­nor, Jess Knox, Breeanna Mackay, Imo­gen Davey-Grigg, Hanna McAliece, Han­nah Col­borne and Kiarni Hin­ton cel­e­brate af­ter their win on Satur­day.

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