SMART THINKING: Alloway Blue player Ruth Grills jumps to stop the ball against Brothers.
SMART THINKING: Alloway Blue player Ruth Grills jumps to stop the ball against Brothers. Alan Bowmaker

Teams plays mind games

NETBALL: The message is pretty simple for the Alloway Netball Club as it prepares for today's Bundaberg Netball grand final.

Let's be smart about our netball.

The side will face Brothers Hurricanes for a shot at its third title in the past four years.

It will be the second time the sides have faced each other in two weeks. Alloway won 48-32 to qualify for the final.

"We played exceptionally well that game,” Alloway coach Lyn Newport said.

"It's been a really good season so far for the team.

"They all have worked really hard.”

Of course, the job is not yet done.

Newport said the side that handled the conditions the best would be the side to come out on top.

"Netball is a thinking game,” she said.

"The side that concedes the less errors will more than likely win the game.

"For us that is not throwing the ball away and making sure our goalies can win the game with shots.”

Newport has plenty of respect for her opponents, despite wanting to beat them.

"2017 has been a great year for the Hurricanes,” she said.

"It's the first time The Waves missed the grand final for many years, that doesn't happen often.

"We have the advantage of finals experience so we hope to gain from that.”

Newport said the side also had new players excited to be playing in the decider.

Brothers might be in its first grand final but don't underestimate them.

The side has beaten Alloway before this season and beat The Waves Gold earlier this week to qualify.

"We're hoping Alloway get lulled into a false sense of hope with the last performance,” Brothers player Tegan Illingworth said.

"We'll use that result to our advantage.

"Every player has got a job and we know what we need to do.”

Illingworth said the side wasn't worried about the lack of recovery time after only having less than 72 hours to prepare for the game.

Today's match starts at 5.30pm.

Eleven division finals will be held at Bundaberg Super Park.

The first starts at 2pm.



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