Deniliquin Netball Association's winter season wrapped up on Saturday, with Mobil North Rockets Camels winning the open grade grand final.September 2, 2014 3:00am
Intermediate premiers Mobil North Rockets Wildcats (back, from left) Sophia Mitchell, Meg McBurnie, Olivia Foord, Maddi Dowell, Bree Collins; (front) Chelsea Heagney, Mackenzie Cheeseman, Emma Quilliam and Sophie Hood.
Mobil North Rockets Camels captured the Deniliquin Netball Association’s winter premiership on Saturday, downing title holders CWS by four goals.
It was a closely contested season and the grand final was no different, a nail-biting finish eventually seeing the Camels run out 28-24 winners.
Camels star Nat O’Shannesy’s defensive skills proved a powerful force, as did Alana Tilder’s strong work in the circle.
CWS powered through with Jerah Henderson and Linda Harvey in attack, but the advantage was tightly held by Camels.
The open grade grand final capped off a brilliant day of netball at the Memorial Park courts which saw two other grand finals won and lost.
The DNA committee said the skill and sportsmanship displayed by all players was to be commended.
The girls in modified grade began the grand final festivities with two strong games.
Vixens started the day with a display of teamwork and enthusiasm from Kimberly Cartwright and Tayissa Nethercote.
Firebirds’ strong attackers, India Hicks and Kate Chandler, brought them home for the final win of the season, 20-9.
In the other modified game, Swifts proved themselves worthy of their name. Using their strong midcourt players and best on court for the day, Ella Harvey, Swifts left Thunderbirds flapping at their heels.
Centre court players Kate Westcott and Annie Harvey worked hard, however, they were defeated by Swifts 36-5.
The junior grade grand final showcased the strength of the DNA competition, with some excellent netball from both sides.
Coach House displayed strength across the court, with star defender Zara Lindeman deflecting balls with enthusiasm.
Mobil North Rockets shooters Mia Jenkins and Matilda Taylor tested the defence skills of best on court, Amy Rodda, however, Coach House was victorious, 38-21.
There was large display of support and excitement for both sides in the intermediate grade final.
Best on court Bree Collins and her strong team, Mobil North Rockets Wildcats, played to their usual high standard.
Emma Quilliam led the strong attack with constant determination in pursuing the ball.
Wildcats momentarily rattled RSL Dynamites, however, will power and failure to give up led to a late resurgence by the Dynamites.
Despite that last burst of fighting spirit by star RSL players Ranii Jukes and Lauren Butcher, it was Wildcats who took home the flag, 30-25.
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