Mossy Marlins take victory
ILUKA Mossy Marlins overcame an exhaustive schedule, hot and windy conditions and a resilient opponent to claim the Lower Clarence Netball Association Division 1 premiership on Saturday.
The Mossy Marlins triumphed in a topsy-turvy grand final, leaving it late to edge clear of Maclean Bottom Pub for a 32-29 victory.
LCNA secretary Tania Kane, who was recently named a life member of the association, said the game was a closely fought affair.
"The game was fantastic," she said.
"They went goal for goal until the very end when Iluka pulled away."
Samantha Kerr was named Player of the Final after an impressive showing for Mossy Marlins.
"Sam played a great game, she was everywhere," Kane said.
"Amanda Kerr was brilliant as well.
"She thought she broke her ankle in Sydney during the week but she strapped it and played magnificently."
Kerr injured her ankle while representing Maclean High School at the NSW CHS netball championships in Sydney earlier in the week.
She is one of five Mossy Marlins players in the Maclean High School team that finished eighth at the titles before rushing back for the grand final.
"They are a very good team and deserved champions," Kane said.
In the other grand finals played Saturday, Iluka Bowls Club defeated Maclean Terminators 30-21 in Division 2 and Yamba Breakers Babes in Blue downed Maclean QT's 21-16 in the Division 3 decider. Yamba Breakers Petals took out the Division 4 final, beating Yamba Breakers Dolphins 18-13.
In the Grafton competition, City Waratahs are through to the A-grade grand final after dismantling Tucabia Opals 45-12 on Saturday.
Both teams started strongly with City holding a slender 11-7 lead at the first break but that was as close as the Opals would get with the Waratahs leading 18-8 at the major break.
The second half was all Waratahs as they sent an ominous warning to grand final opponents Roches with a 19-2 final quarter.
Roches will play City Waratahs on Court 4 at 1.45pm on Saturday.