Echuca's Jane Chalmers celebrate her team's Women’s National Basketball League victory on Sunday.LUKE MCMANUS March 12, 2014 4:05am
Echuca’s Jane Chalmers tasted ultimate success for the second straight season on Sunday after her Bendigo Spirit defeated Townsville Fire in the Women’s National Basketball League grand final.
After a dominant season, yielding 22 wins and only two losses, the Spirit clinched back-to-back titles in front of 2500 people at Bendigo Stadium thanks to a superb final quarter from guard Kelsey Griffin.
Griffin (28 points) was awarded her second consecutive MVP award after leading the Spirit’s charge with 14 points in the final term, helping the Spirit to an eventual 94-83 win.
Chalmers, who did not take to the court during the game, was thrilled with the triumph nonetheless and commended her teammates in what was ‘‘one of the highest scoring grand finals in the competition’s history’’.
‘‘It’s such a good feeling — it’s good to win one but two we’ll definitely take,’’ Chalmers said.
‘‘It was one of the better games to witness, it was played at a really high standard.’’
Townsville, Bendigo’s 2013 grand final opponents, had been stiff opposition all season, having dealt the reigning premiers their two losses — once in Townsville and a second time in Bendigo.
But the Spirit’s round 16 win on the road against the Fire provided the team with the belief to ‘‘win when it counted most’’, according to Chalmers.
‘‘They have a tough team so it was a great win for us,’’ she said.
‘‘Our coach (Bernie Harrower) said anything less than a championship would have been a disappointment.’’
After some well-deserved celebrating, first with fans and supporters post-game on Sunday night, then at a team barbecue on Monday, Chalmers had already set her sights on another South East Australian Basketball League season with the Lady Braves.
The Braves are the reigning SEABL east conference champions.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to another season, hopefully we can carry through the success.’’
Chalmers will line up for her 10th season with the Bendigo-based Lady Braves.
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Wemba Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta Yorta man Clayton Murray-Mitchell is planning a two-day festival in Moama featuring Archie Roach and Kevin Kropinyeri.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
Cobram Barooga Cycling Club president takes his talents on teh world stage for masters competition.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.