Daleys triumph in netball grand final despite late jitters
DALEYS took the honours in this year's Telstra premiership grand final with a 25-22 win over Bundjalarms.
Haley McAnelly shut down the centre court on Bundjalarms for Daleys to take lead 20-8 at three-quarter time.
Bundjalarms made positional changes and took the last quarter 14-5, however this change came too late.
For their part Daleys almost let the game slip away by making changes that allowed Bundjalarms a chance to take it from them.
Best players on court for Daleys were Sophie Creighton, Tracy Birney, Lisa Brown and Hayley McAnelly who was adjudged best and fairest for the match while Bundjalarms' Tamarra Hamshaw, Amelia Wright, Jess Wraight and Makayra Jacky put in top efforts as usual.
In the division 2 grand final, SCU Mary G defeated clubmates SCU Prue Blonde 30-16.
Mary G put on a strong defensive line all down the court for the full four quarters to see them turn over the ball seemingly at will. It was hard to single out any player in this team as all nine played a vital role in the win.
Pure Blonde, to their credit, never gave up but the full-court defence pressure applied by Mary G gave Prue Blonde no room to move and shut down any attacking drive Prue Blonde tried to mount.
In the Intermediate division 1 match, Daley Diamantes defeated clubmates Daleys Dazzlers 37-36.
Diamantes centre Courteney Watson had a blinder for three quarters at centre before moving to wing attack, delivering some great feeds to shooters Sarah Herington and Georgia Davis while in the defence line Emma Clark helped shut down Dazzlers' shooter Carly Taylor. These four were instrumental in taking this tight tussle from Dazzlers.
Tywana Cladwell was this year's Telstra Intermediate Player of the Year with Chole Daly winning Nortec Representative Player of the Year.
10 years Summerlanders Gumnuts def Summerlanders Sugargliders 5 to 2. 11years A Daleys Daisies def Summerlanders Waterlilies 18 to 15. 11 years B East Lismore Joeys def AW Jades 13 to 9. 12 years Summerlanders Kookaburras def Rous Robins 20 to 16. Inters 1 Daleys Diamantes def Daleys Dazzlers 37 to 36. Inters 2 Daleys Devils def Bundjalarms Magic 32 to 25. Inter 3 Rous Rainbows def Summerlanders Stars 22 to 14. Cadets Summerlanders Phoenix def AW Rubies 31 to 19. Senior 3 SCU Coopers def Clunes Redbacks 26 to 22. Senior 4 Lucky Stars def East Lismore 22 to 14. Senior 5 Workers Rose def Summerlanders Divas 33 to 21. Senior 6 SCU Strongbow def Workers Reunited 30 to 22. Senior 7 Rous Studs def SCU Boags 14 to 12.