Alloway blow Hurricanes away in grand final
IT TOOK just one quarter for Alloway to show why they are the best in Bundaberg Netball.
Their experience in grand finals on full display, the side blew away Brothers Hurricanes in the opening term to win this year's division 1 title.
Alloway Blue opened up an eight-goal lead that Brothers were never able to recover from despite multiple comebacks.
The 42-35 win handed the side its third title in the past four seasons.
"I'm very proud of our girls tonight," Alloway captain Briony Thompson said.
"We had plenty of flow down the court and our defence was really strong tonight."
That wasn't the only area Thompson was impressed in.
"The shooters shot like magic under the hard defence of Brothers," he said.
"The percentage of shooting won us the game."
Thompson said experience had counted, particularly in the first half.
"We had the smarts," she said.
"To me I felt like this was another game.
"We've played under similar crowds before."
Thompson gave credit to the opposition for its pressure tactics.
She said the side would be keen to defend its title.
"We're just a bunch of good friends, having fun, not taking everything serious," she said.
"Why not aim for the top again next year?"
Brothers captain Katie-Jay Illingworth conceded the side's start was costly.
"First quarter was what let us down," she said.
"It took us a while to warm up and get in the game - it was pre-game nerves.
"We also didn't capitalise on our chances when we had them."
The game ended particularly badly for Krystal Aslin, who went off the court with what looked to be a serious knee injury.
"I'm not sure what happened but it is her left knee," Illingworth said.
"One of the girls from the from ATW team is a physio. She thinks it might have been the patella.
"She'll have scans to make sure."
Illingworth said her players could proud of their season despite the outcome.
"It's huge for the club - we've only been around for seven years I believe," she said.