Netball a big winner as the curtain falls
By CATHY WALLS
GRAFTON is very fortunate to have excellent netball facilities, a great team of volunteers, coaches and umpires and some great players who together produced a wonderful grand final day.
In the first games of the day, the 10 years division, City Angels showed more skill and determination over URB Bolt Babies to come out winners 16-4. Outstanding players for City were Emily Harvison, Anna Brotherson and Emily Ford and for URB Carly Everleigh, Kelsey Burton and Tegan Munro.
The 11/12 division 1 URB Cheeky Chicks played Westlawn Funky Monkeys. These two teams were evenly matched all year and as expected it was a very close and exciting grand final with Cheeky Chicks coming out on top by one goal. Caitlyn Nay and Amy McGrath for URB had outstanding games as did Ashleigh Green and Brooke Whalan for Westlawn.
Another exciting game with a close score was 11/12 division two between URB Comets and GPS Tassie Devils. Tassie Devils played more consistently to eventually come out winners.
There are some very talented players coming through the junior ranks.
It will be interesting to see them develop over the next couple of years.
In the intermediate division, City Super Stars showed tremendous defensive skills, fast centre court and great shooting to defeat GHS Mother Natures 25-10. To their credit GHS tried all game and showed great sportsmanship.
In C-grade URB Storm took on Tucabia Champs. Even after the first quarter the scene was set for an exciting second half. Storm, a young team with lots of potential and Champs, a little more experi- enced, were an evenly matched pair, but Storm pulled away in the last quarter winning it 6-1 and with some great defensive work won the game 23-13.
The B-grade game between GHS Village Green and GHS Plastics produced one of the best games of the day. Even at full-time Village Green scored the winning goal in extra time. Final score 26-25. Nothing split these two teams all game except the bell at the end. Chelsea Cowling for Plastics and Karen Hackett for Village both had outstanding games.
The women's division between URB Cruisers and Tucabia Ladies produced a friendly, enjoyable game of netball. Both teams played well with Cruisers slightly ahead after the third quarter, eventually winning 28-18.
Unfortunately illness and injuries to URB Legends forced them to forfeit to URB Jittabugs in the Areserve grade game. Tucabia Opals were minor premiers.
In the A-grade game between GHS Wendys and URB Breakaways, spectators were delighted to watch an evenly-matched game. Wendys had dominated all season but breakaways weren't going to lie down. Both teams displayed great skill and consistency.
At half-time Wendys were up 19-12, with some great defensive work from Jenna Bailey and excellent shooting from Ashleigh Walls and Kayla Frame.
Breakaways won the third quarter 9-6. The more experienced Wendys side pulled away in the end, winning 36-28. A great game to finish the season.
The A-grade player of the season is Marley Simmons.
Clubperson of the year is Sue Nowak.
A big thank you to all involved in netball. The AGM is being held on November 17.