Spoils shared in DEX Shield finals
THE honours across the age divisions were shared in this year's DEX Shield Netball Challenge with Maclean High (opens), South Grafton High (Years 9-10) and McAuley Catholic College (Years 7-8) each winning a shield for the school trophy cabinet.
McAuley qualified for the opens final as favourites but were eventually overpowered by a fast-finishing Maclean who took the final 40-37. However, the Player of the Series was Ashley Warby, the centre who was the key to controlling McAuley's midcourt play.
"The final was an extremely tough game," said Warby, who was part of the school's 2014 triumph.
"Maclean played really well. We tried our hardest but a few mistakes led to a few too many turnovers."
The Year 9-10 final was won by South Grafton High over Grafton High 46-41.
Grafton had qualified first from the round robin series held at Westward Park in wet conditions on July 21.
However South Grafton, boosted by the return of Murren Woods in attack and Emmersyn Burton in defence who had both originally played for the school's opens team, bounced back to take the shield.
"The girls were pumped up to win it," Woods said.
"We're on the shield now for the first time since 2006.
"It was an intense game. It just went goal for goal the whole time and they had a really good defence who were hard to get away from."
South Grafton's goal attack Charlotte Sommer was named Player of the Series while Player of the Final went to the goal defence of the runners up, Alivia Bloomfield.
McAuley Catholic College won the Year 7-8 final 27-22 over Grafton High School. Player of the Final was McAuley's Darby Essex while Tammy Johnson of Maclean High was named Player of the Series.