Ballina goal keeper Allison Koellner defends a shot from Lismore Daleys' goal shooter Lauren Woods in the Premier Netball League Far North Coast finals.
Ballina goal keeper Allison Koellner defends a shot from Lismore Daleys' goal shooter Lauren Woods in the Premier Netball League Far North Coast finals. The Northern Star

Upset earns Ballina the right to host grand final

A HUGE upset in the first round of the Far North Coast Premier Netball League finals last weekend has set up a tantalising finish to the season over the next fortnight.

Ballina RSL won the right to host the grand final with a 35-31 win over the previously unbeaten Lismore Daleys in the major semi-final.

Ballina RSL took an early lead and did not relinquish it, managing to out-play the highly fancied Lismore team right across the court.

Spectators and supporters witnessed a first-class game of netball with both teams displaying great skill and sportsmanship.

The four-point margin reflected the closeness of the game and emphasised that every scoring opportunity had to be converted.

Meanwhile, in the minor semi-final, Clarence Coast defeated Casino Tatts 47-35 in a victory that Clarence Coast coach Terri Collingburn described as a ripper of a game.

Clarence Coast put in a peak performance and will now play Lismore Daleys this Saturday at the Lismore netball courts, in Ballina Road, to decide who will take on Ballina in the championship decider.

The game starts at 2pm.

Semi-final results:

Ballina RSL 35 d Lismore Daleys 31

Clarence Coast 47 d Casino Tatts 35



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