South wins on the bell
By CHRIS TIMMINS
SOUTH Grafton High School defeated Grafton High on the bell last night to win the open division of The Daily Examiner Netball Challenge at Westward Park in Grafton.
As expected a very exciting close game was played between Grafton and South Grafton in the final.
No-one was game to predict a winner before the game but South Grafton won 29-28 in a cliffhanger.
Over the past few years every time the schools meet in a game there has only been a few goals in the result.
Something happens to the girls from both teams when they play in this competition as they produce brilliant netball which brings the spectators to the edge of their seats.
In what can only be described as a fast and furious match, the lead changed continually. At the end of the first quarter Grafton led by three but by half-time South took the lead by three goals.
Three-quarter time saw South led by two goals after some brilliant shooting by Brooke Nay and Jasmine Lee.
In the final quarter Grafton shooters Marley Simmons and Kayla Frame enabled them to take the lead but South fought back to win on the bell by the one goal.
Kayla Frame, Verity Simmons and Marley Simmons had outstanding games for Grafton and the standout players for South Grafton were Stacey Roberts, Jasmine Lee and Penny Wright.
Player of the series was Verity Simmons from Grafton and South's Stacey Roberts took out the player of the match award.
Verity returned just in time for the game after playing for NSW Under-16 CHS team in the State titles in Sydney.
Thank you to the Year 12s from both schools for their dedication to netball and we wish them all the best in the future.
In the junior series, Maclean continued their dominance in this division and took the title for the third year in a row by defeating South Grafton High with a final score of 39-22.
The talented team from Maclean led from the start but, to their credit, South Grafton never gave up and played hard to the end.
Player of the series was Ashlee Hirst, and the player of the match award went to Kasie Marshall, both from Maclean.
The other thrilling game was in the Year 7/8 grade between Grafton and Maclean.
Nothing separated the teams until the last two minutes when Maclean took the lead to win 16-14.
Player of the series was Talarna Gardiner and player of the match was Nicola Wise- man, both from Maclean. Congratulations to all players for providing the spectators with such an exciting close game.
The primary final provided an exciting game. Grafton Primary raced away to lead 22-16 at half-time and dominated play until the last quarter.
Following some positional changes from Yamba, they outscored the opposition and won the game 39-38. The outstanding player for Grafton was shooter Tamara Hearfield, who was fed the ball by centre Emily Durrington.
Yamba's outstanding players were Angie Carney and Emily Hardman.
Player of the series were Emily Durrington and Briony Helisma, from Yamba.
Player of the match was Angie Carney.