Furious court contests wind up netball season
FRUITY Tooties, Hellcatz and Young Guns have taken out Emerald's 2011 junior netball premierships with strong performances in the grand finals played during the past fortnight.
Eager to reverse the result of their semi-final clash that saw Wildcats go straight through to the grand final, minor premiers Fruity Tooties came out firing and headed into the first break with a handy 8-3 lead.
As the storm clouds built up, so too did their momentum and they went on to score a commanding 31-10 victory.
Fruity Tooties were bolstered by the return of their centre, Sasha Kelly, whose speed and intercepting skills denied Wildcats a lot of attacking options.
Kelly and wing attack Ebonie Hall showed great timing and passing skills to feed their shooters, while Micaela Graves proved size was no barrier in the goal circle to work well with shooting partner Shayla Watt.
Wildcats were well served by young centre Louise Millar and defence Madison Titmarsh, with Courtney Moana proving her versatility with stints at both goal attack and goal defence.
In the opening match of the games rescheduled to last Monday night, minor premiers Claws met Hellcatz in a replay of the Cadet B major semi.
Claws took an early 5-3 lead in the first quarter but a move for Hellcatz' tall timber Aleisha Smit from defence to shooting saw them power ahead to a 12-9 lead at half time.
Hellcatz put in a strong third quarter and then held off a late surge from the Claws to win 20-14.
The Cadet A match between minor premiers Young Guns and Mystix promised to be close and did not disappoint.
With the scores locked at 6-all at quarter time, 9-all at half time and the teams then scoring six goals apiece in the final quarter, it was only the one point advantage that Young Guns managed to take in the third quarter that set them up to eventually win the game 21-20.
The low score in the match was testament to the strength of the defence of Georgia Staal and Emily Hallam (Young Guns) and Georgia Parker and Naomi Zonca (Mystix) shutting down the goal circles.