The Maclean High School open team celebrates after their win in the Daily Examiner Challenge netball grand finals.
The Maclean High School open team celebrates after their win in the Daily Examiner Challenge netball grand finals. JoJo Newby

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A RUTHLESS display by an in-form Maclean High School open side ensured they claimed The Daily Examiner Netball Challenge in Grafton last night.

While the result was little surprise as the Maclean team are finalists in the State Schools Titles to be played in Sydney in a fortnight, the final scoreline was.

After getting the better of their Grafton High opponents in the first quarter, Maclean High continued to extend their advantage to run out 47-18 winners.

"I think the word to use is outclassed," Grafton High coach and event co-ordinator Julie Stringer said. "The Maclean side are very talented and while we tried hard throughout to make a match of it, there was little doubt about the result before the match started."

The earlier matches were absolute nailbiters.

The Years 7/8 final was decided by just one goal with South Grafton High downing McAuley Catholic College 32-31 - the same scoreline as in the round match between the two sides.

In the Years 9/10 final, McAuley beat Grafton High also by a solitary point.

"The Daily Examiner Challenge really is a great yearly tradition and all the girls look forward to playing in it," Grafton Netball president Cathy Walls said.

"My girls are grown up now but it is still something they remember and are interested in hearing the results of.

"Let's hope it continues long into the future."



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