City Waratahs goal keeper Candice Chevalley keeps the ball away from the opposition.
City Waratahs goal keeper Candice Chevalley keeps the ball away from the opposition. Lynne Mowbray

Netball teams gear up for battle

THE Grafton Netball Association A-grade grand final will be a battle for the ages, as the two top-ranked teams meet on the final day of competition.

City Waratahs finished the regular season clear of Roches to be crowned minor premiers.

Roches got a measure of revenge the week after when they beat City 29-22 in the major semi-final to qualify directly for the grand final.

They played that game with no substitutions, and defender Sam Austin believes that Roches can do it again.

"We won the major semi with a 'bare seven' and we're confident we can do it again," Austin said.

"We lost four or five players to injury and unavailability a few weeks ago."

Roches will look to big games from their defence, with Katie Brown and Chantel Reay both playing big parts in the set-up.

"Katie's been with us since the start and she's been fantastic all year," Austin said.

"Chantel joined us mid-way through the season when a few of the girls got injured, but she's been one of our best.

"Stephanie Honeybrook has been great up front and we'll be hoping she can put in another good game for us tomorrow."

Following its loss in the major semi-final, City was forced to play Tucabia in the preliminary final last week. The Waratahs bounced back to form almost immediately, dismantling Tucabia 45-12 in a dominant display.

Austin said City had a good team and highlighted three key players that would be dangerous.

"Heidi Dalten is a brilliant shooter and Ashlie Hughes is great in centre court," Austin said.

"Tahlia Goodwin is another who's great at the back.

"The whole team is dangerous so we've got our work cut out for us."

The A-grade grand final tips off at 1.45pm.



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