South High crowned queens of the court
By CHRIS TIMMINS
AS expected a very exciting, close game was played between Grafton and South Grafton high schools in the final of The Daily Examiner Netball Challenge on Tuesday night. Grafton was favoured to win but was defeated by South Grafton 34-32 in a cliffhanger. Many of the girls from both teams are friends and play together in the Saturday competition, but when they put on their school colours, it brings out the best in them and highlights their tremendous competitive spirit. In a fast and furious match, the lead changed continually. At the end of the first quarter Grafton led by one but by halftime the score was even. At three-quarter time South took the lead and stayed there to eventually win the match. Kayla Frame, Kirrilly Pursey and Marley Simmons had outstanding games for Grafton, while the standout players for South Grafton were Stacey Roberts, Jasmine Lee and Zoe McLennan. Players of the Series were McAuley Catholic College player Lauren Wright and Maclean's Alyce Bennett. Stacey Roberts was judged player of the final. nMACLEAN continued its dominance of the Year 9/10 division and took the title with a 44-24 defeat of Grafton High. The talented team from Maclean raced away to a 22-10 lead at halftime. To its credit, Grafton never gave up, once again highlighting the great sporting spirit that exists among these young netballers.