AIMING UP: Just Breakers goal shooter Maddy Smith. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
AIMING UP: Just Breakers goal shooter Maddy Smith. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Four Lower Clarence crackers on grand final weekend

LOWER Clarence Netball Association is primed and geared for grand final day this Saturday.

With all four clubs within LCNA represented it is sure to be a cracker of an event.

The day kicks off at 12pm with Gulmarrad CCC's Juniors taking on Iluka Bowls Club Misfits who are the reigning Division Four champions from last year. Can they make it two in a row?

At the same timeslot, we have two new teams in the Division Three spot with Breakers Bluebirds versing Gulmarrad Little Ladies.

Considering it is only Gulmarrad's second year as an established club in the LCNA they have certainly cemented their position as a highly competitive and successful club with two teams in this year's grand finals.

The junior presentation will follow the conclusion of these matches.

At 1.30pm the Division Two grand final will see Breakers Hotshots take on Breakers Petals for the title. Breakers Petals have dominated this division with 13 wins, one loss and a draw. But can the Hotshots, with nine wins, one draw and five losses, snatch the prize from the current leaders?

DEFENDING TITLE: Maclean Bottom Pub’s Monique Corbett.PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
DEFENDING TITLE: Maclean Bottom Pub’s Monique Corbett.PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Then, at 2.30pm the Division One grand finalists take the court.

Maclean Bottom Pub has been a force in Division One for many years and are defending champions from 2014.

Just Breakers were level with on the leaderboard in terms of wins, losses and draws and just ahead by points for and against. They will be looking to end Maclean's shot at back-to-back premierships so this game will definitely be worth hanging around for.

This season, however, Maclean Bottom Pub has a handful of new up and coming players including Shenia De Boer, Sally Gardner, Ebony Campbell and Tameka Brockbank, so we are yet to see whether they gel as well under pressure as the previous team.

Chloe Bryant, Kacie Mitchell, Rachael Sykes, Monique Corbett and Bobbie-Lee Bright remain solid from last year's team and with Nicole Makepiece coaching will have a point to prove.

Just Breakers definitely won't give up easily and are a younger side chocked with representative netball players who bring their 'A' game each week.

The team consists of Chantal Egerton, Maddy Smith, Jenna Kelly, Sally Johnson, Chianna Dane, Teagan McFarlane, Allira Farlow, Kate Collins, Erin Johns and Courtney Smith while Kira Bliss will unfortunately watch from the sidelines with a broken arm suffered in the semi-final and will be missed on court.

These young guns want the crown and will be a good chance at getting it. A game not to be missed for quids. The senior presentation will follow its conclusion.

It should be a fantastic day of local sport, so come down to Wherrett Park in Maclean from 12pm on Saturday, grab some lunch from the canteen, kick back and watch a cracking line-up of teams battle for the ultimate prize of the season - the LCNA 2015 Champions Trophy!



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