Trinity girls lose grand final
TRINITY Catholic College went within a whisker of taking out the Australian Marist Netball Carnival, going down 19-18 to Bendigo in a thrilling grand final yesterday.
Three days of intense netball at the Marie Mackney Courts in Lismore came down to a final that went goal for goal for much of the four seven-minute quarters.
Coach Kath Ellis said the Trinity girls had given their all.
“They did really well,” Ellis said of her young team.
“All bar one will be available again next year for the carnival in Sydney, hosted by Marist Sisters Woolwich.”
Trinity finished third on points in the championship division, edging St John’s College Wood-lawn on goal difference.
They made the most of that break by turning the tables in the preliminary final on second-placed Sacred Heart College Adelaide – which had beaten Trinity twice in the preliminary rounds.
The 15-12 win put Trinity into the grand final against the top-ranked Bendigo.
Woodlawn went on to finish fifth overall.
Ellis said goal defence and team captain Maddie Walsh had been outstanding.
“Sophie Creighton, our key shooter, kept her averages up all week and also did well in the grand final,” Ellis said.
“Our centre Kim Jordan also played strongly.”