Minor Premiers North Shore United went up against their biggest rivals of the competition, GWS Fury, in the Netball NSW 2018 Premier League Grand Final at the Genea Netball Centre, and it certainly was a thrilling one, with NSU coming out on top with a big victory.
In the opening minutes, NSU worked to choke the midcourt for Fury, making them work hard to get the ball into the goal circle. Every ball was a physical contest right from the beginning, with NSU up by one at quarter time, 13-12.
Some missed opportunities by Fury in the second quarter widened the gap to three, with their opponents in the lead. By half-time, NSU kept their one-goal margin, but not without Fury fighting hard to get the ball back, with some impressive long-range shooting from Emily Dunn.
In the second half, Fury struggled to finish off their plays with many turnovers giving NSU the opportunity to gain a wider lead. By three-quarter time, the score had stretched to 40-34, thanks to NSU’s quick hands and almost flawless shooting.
NSU capitalised on every weak pass between the Fury players, converting them into goals and putting them further ahead on the scoreboard. Despite the big gap, Fury fought to the death, but Minor Premiers NSU were too strong and finished the game with a thrilling 12-goal victory, 56-44.
GWS | Q1: 12 – Q2: 22 (10) – Q3: 34 (12) – Q4: 44 (10)
NORTH SHORE | Q1: 13 – Q2: 23 (10) – Q3: 40 (17) – Q4: 56 (16)
GWS | GS Lauren Woods, GA Emily Dunn, WA Courtney Castle, C Taylah Flood, WD Elecia Parrott, GD Sarah Okunbore, GK Violet Wetstein
NORTH SHORE | GS Isabella Ward, GA Natalie Sligar, WA Eliza Burton, C Amy Sligar, WD Jemma Donoghue, GD Dakota Thomas, GK Madison Ward