Gritty Daleys netball?s number one
By STEVE SPINKS
A BRILLIANT fightback in the dying minutes pushed Daleys to an unlikely 33-31 victory over Breakaways in the Lismore District Netball Association grand final on Saturday night. Daleys fell behind by three goals early in the last quarter, but led by goal attack Maria Durheim ? who was joint player of the match with Breakaways goal attack Jacelyn Bristow ? they stormed home to seal their first premiership in four years. "I had confidence in the girls," co-captain-coach Catherine Edmonds said. "We're definitely going out tonight." With both teams strong in attack and defence it was the Daleys mid-court that edged their team in front. Centres Hayley McAnelly and Toni MacRae, wing attacks Nicole Kelly and Jocelyn Farrell and wing defence Tina Bryant pounced on any 50-50 ball and pulled off plenty of intercepts. Daleys victory was an upset of sorts, despite the fact they won the minor premiership. Breakaways were penalised at the start of the year and lost competition points, which meant they could never capture the minor trophy. However, it didn't stop the Breakaways juggernaut from defeating Daleys in every game. But in the final weeks of the regular season, Breakaways were not as dominant. They drew with Daleys and then drew with Daleys Tribes. It signalled a closing of the gap between the two best teams. Breakaways led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter on Saturday, but by half-time Daleys had stolen a 17-16 lead. At three-quarter time the scores were tied 23-all, before Daleys' fast finish. Best for Breakaways included Bristow, goal keeper Silvana Wilson and centre Chloe Duncan.