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.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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