Under-14s book grand final berth
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.
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.