Bullets beat Breakaways by one point in netball final
AS TIME was called for the last time in the Hervey Bay Netball Division 1 final Bullets coach Kerrianne Farrelly was working out a way to cheer up her troops.
"It wasn't until one of the ladies from Cosmos said 'well done'," Farrelly said.
"I thought we'd gone done by one. I was trying to work out my speech to cheer them up but we won," she said.
Minor premiers Bullets and Breakaways produced one of the closest finals in years, but it was the Bullets' day as they won 34-33.
The tough battle claimed one major scalp, as Bullets' Lauren Mortimer suffered a knee injury in the second quarter.
Mortimer sat on the edge of the court for the remaining half, and was blown away at how young pair Tia Hamlet and Brooke Hall handled the pressure.
"The main thing for me was them stepping up," she said.
"Usually it's me and one of them on the court but you wouldn't have known anything was different.
"It was a physical game but they didn't let it get to them."
Breakaways coach Soraya Dredge said the tight finish was perfect for a grand final.
"For a grand final, it's a fantastic point score. To lose by one point and almost go into extra time, that's what you want on GF day and that's what the crowd was here for," Dredge said.
"I'm really happy to our girls on our side. We had three under-18s and they showed a lot of tenacity and fight and hopefully we pip them at the post next year," she said.
Farrelly said Katrina Tate, who was named player of the final, was a major influence on the result.
"Kat was bouncing all over the place, she made a difference," she said.
"The defence worked their arses off, the two young ones in the circle without Loz. She's been our leader down this end. Every game we've played our shooters, with Loz leading, have been brilliant. For those two to step up was brilliant."