Waves Gold defeat Blazers in final
RAGING hot favourites, Across The Waves Gold, held off a fast-finishing Blazers to take the Bundaberg Netball premiership and complete an undefeated season on Saturday night.
Their 38-35 victory was one of the tightest contests Waves had endured this season, but veteran captain-coach Sandy Baker said that her girls always felt in control.
All the pressure was on Gold considering the ease at which they had negotiated the season, but after losing last year’s grand final from a similar position there was no complacency during the 20120 finale at Daph Geddes Park.
A tight first quarter set up a contest worthy of its grand final timeslot, before Waves jumped clear in the second stanza.
In front of a big crowd they built a lead big enough to sustain for the rest of the game, despite Blazers finishing the stronger side.
Captain-coach Baker was like a proud parent after the win.
“It was a really good game and I’m very happy with the girls’ efforts,” she said.
“Finals can produce anything and Blazers had their chances. They came out firing and we slowed down a little in the last quarter, but I was always confident the game was there to win.”
Rock solid defence from Sarah Finch and Donita Stains ensured there would be no repeat of last year’s heartbreaking loss, while Fiona Campbell was the destroyer in attack.
“She was on fire (Campbell), I think she only missed one or two shots all night,” Baker said.
When Campbell’s legs grew tired young gun Poppy Larson, daughter of Origin rugby league legend Gary, was a more-than-handy replacement.