REDMEN Aussie Steakhouse are the A1 premiers after downing Tucabia Opals 39-30 in a thrilling grand final on Saturday.

Redmen were strong from the outset, employing their usual tactics of long and strong passes in attack while turning up the pressure in defence.

The plan paid dividends early before the Opals adjusted their play to suit, using their superior speed to feed the ball into the circle.

The Opals centre court players did well with a combination of short passes and fast footwork allowing them to regain control in the midcourt.

Defence however dominated the match with Opals duo Courtney King and Ashley King impressing while Redmen defenders Samantha Austin and Kelly Saye used their height to restrict their opponents' scoring opportunities.

After establishing an early advantage on the scoreboard, Redmen continued to hold sway in the second half.

The Opals continued to challenge but time was their enemy.

In their desperation to score points, the Opals lost touch with their match tactics, allowing Redmen to seal a nine-point win and the premiership.

The AR2 grand final was a tighter contest with SSB Topshelf edging out Redmen Aussie Hotel 32-29.

SSB took control in the opening exchanges with some strong defence and accurate shooting delivering them the early lead.

Redmen fought their way back into the competition with Danielle Mackie producing some inspirational defence while Michelle Call was another standout.

Redmen closed the gap to just one goal at the main break but SSB shooter Payton Slis maintained her composure in the closing stages to help seal victory.



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