A cracking game between Central Risdon and Central Risdon Green kicked off the weekend of netball on Friday night. With a spot in this Saturday’s grand final up for grabs, the two teams fought right to the end. Central Green made a good start, looking to upset their sister side, leading by two goals at quarter time.
However, Centrals were not going to lie down, having a much better quarter through the defensive work of Lisa Brock at goal defence and Janine Jacka in wing defence. With their season on the line however, association runner up best and fairest, Tammy Pine at goal defence stepped up her game and was intercepting, deflecting and rebounding the ball with ease and together with goal keeper Marlee Biddell they swung the game back the favour of Central Green.
Despite the brilliant efforts of centre Sally Anderson and Lisa Brock in defence, the Centrals side could not convert the turnovers they needed to get back in front and at the final whistle it was Central Green who were victorious 33-32.
Central Green who have now come from fourth position on the ladder, will face Blue Wren in the grand final this week.
Unfortunately for spectators and players alike, the A Grade match did not share any similarities to the closely contested A Reserve match. In what was a disappointing finish to an otherwise outstanding season, Saint Marks were on the wrong end of a solid Solomontown performance. Solomontown dominated from start to finish, surging further and further ahead each quarter. Maddison Pryor in goal attack was at her usual best working well with captain Jacqui Spadavecchia in the goal circle.
After an extremely impressive last seven weeks from Saint Marks shooters Millie Tubb and Ashleigh Schrader, it was going to be crucial that the Solomontown defence shut the two down and through the efforts of Chloe Knibbs and Emily Gray, Solomontown were able to create turnovers in the circle.
Pressure was high across the court and despite the never ending efforts of Callalou Klinger and Maddison Caputo in the Saint Marks defence, the attack weren’t able to convert regularly enough to keep them in touch. The final margin has seen Solomontown run out winners 61-36.