Tanya shows she is still a class act

ROCKHAMPTON'S Tanya Shuker has been around netball for a long time and at Jardine Park on Saturday night the centre court player proved she was still a class act.

The wing attack player of the final was instrumental in Buckaneers' 54-49 win over Wanderers in the Rockhampton Netball Association Senior A division grand final.

"I've been playing for something ludicrous like . . . about 24 years,'' Shuker said.

It was a sweet victory for Shuker, 32, who enjoyed her first full season of netball after a knee reconstruction in 2001 combined with baby commitments.

"It's been four years since I thought I've been able to play to my full potential,'' Shuker said.

Buckaneers appeared to have the game in the bag at threequarter time, leading by 15 goals, before Wanderers produced a thrilling final quarter forcing the turnovers and capitalising on any slight advantage.

Wanderers goal attack Angela Horn and goal shooter Tanya Flamank continued their deadly accurate shooting before being beaten by the clock.

Buckaneers made early changes when illness forced goal shooter Lori McGahan from the court in the first quarter resulting in Sally Kuhl going to goal shooter and Rachael Borich brought on as goal attack.

It was Kuhl's height advantage and ability to create the space, coupled with accurate feeds, that set up the victory. ? Buckaneers team: Lori McGahan, Sally Kuhl, Tanya Shuker, Kate Bromley, Toni Easton, Joelle Waardyk, Marni Shephard, Rachael Borich, Amy Kayes, Melanie Thorpe.

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