Netball: Grand final glory for Nelson Bay's Storm girls

WINNERS: Nelson Bay Netball Association's intermediate grade grand final winners literally jumping with joy after running out 46-20 winners over the Lava Girls. Pictures: Supplied
WINNERS: Nelson Bay Netball Association's intermediate grade grand final winners literally jumping with joy after running out 46-20 winners over the Lava Girls. Pictures: Supplied

There was excitement plus at the Nelson Bay Netball Association's juniors and intermediate grand final day played in front of huge crowds at the Tomaree netball courts last Saturday week.

In the junior ranks, the Supergirls proved too strong for Cranes 21-17; the Dolphins had a good win over Pulse 25-20; while the Comets defeated Twisted Sisters 17-16 in a real nail-biter. Twisted Sister had a shot at goal in the final three seconds of the game to take the game into extra time.

In the main game (intermediate) the unbeaten Storm side dominated the competition and the grand final running out 46-20 winners over the Lava Girls.

In an undefeated season, Storm, who finished runners-up last year, posted 517 goals and just 214 against to complete a rewarding season for all involved.

The team consisted of Katie Foster, Lara Mann, Halle Beninca, Bre Holbert, Amy Thomson, Isabelle O'Connor, Amali Rokub, Alexis Green, Chaeli Callaghan and Lauryn Massey, coached by Karen Rokub.

They also produced representative players with Halle Beninca and Lauryn Massey in the 15 years and Katie Foster, Alexis Green and Chaeli Callaghan in the 13 years.

It was a special occasion for both Katie Foster and Lara Mann who have played together in the past six consecutive grand finals, and this being their first premiership win.

Storm vs Lava Girls

Storm vs Lava Girls

The Storm were too strong in all aspects of the game with solid defence shutting down the attacking moves of the Lava Girls and restricting their scoring. The team was well serviced by the mid court players making numerous goal scoring opportunities.

Best on court was awarded to a member on the losing side, Lava Girls' centre Taylor Smith, who played with enthusiasm and never stopped trying.

Grand Final day awards were presented to Lara Mann and Taylor Smith as the 'Association Junior Award' for their contribution to the association; and Isabell O'Connor who received her C badge in umpiring.

In the Seniors B Division competition, The Bay took the honours with a 38-25 win over Panthers; while the Senior A Division saw Quick Chicks runaway grand final winners over Fitbitz 50-15 in an entertaining spectacle.

The Nelson Bay Netball Association is expecting many of these teams to return for the Tuesday night social twilight netball starting in October.

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