Carmen Anderson (left) fails to stop RGS Magic's Ashlee Whouley from taking a pass on Wednesday night.
Carmen Anderson (left) fails to stop RGS Magic's Ashlee Whouley from taking a pass on Wednesday night. Sharyn O'Neill

Bluebirds secure place in finals

THE picture is now complete after Bluebirds Hawks sealed their place in the Rockhampton Leagues Club A-grade finals.

Supporters of Brothers Crimson had a week off to celebrate clinching the minor premiership leaving the main match of the night as the clash between Bluebirds and Frenchville Brumbies.

Both teams are renowned for their defensive qualities and therefore it was of little surprise the match was a tight, low-scoring affair. It is rare that 32 goals are sufficient to win an A-grade match, but it proved to be enough on Wednesday night, Bluebirds taking the match 32-28.

Bluebirds coach Barbara Ahmat agreed it was a game where defence came out on top.

“It was certainly a battle of the defences,” she said. “But, the wind was also a major factor.”

Playing netball outdoors is not only affected by the weather conditions. Ahmat said competitive matches with quality players are not enhanced by having to play on bitumen courts.

In Wednesday night's match Brumbies shooter Rachael McDonald took a tumble and was left with some nasty grazes.

“Players can't play to their full capability on bitumen,” Ahmat said.

Following the season the Rockhampton Netball Association will hold a premier competition, similar to last year, at an indoor venue and Ahmat said that should bring the best out of players.

However, first there is this season's finals and Ahmat admitted it was a tough battle to get there against a strong Brumbies team.

“It was very intense,” she said.

“It was pretty even in the beginning and then we got up by eight goals, but they clawed their way back in the last quarter.”

Ahmat said most of her players went well with defender Danielle Wingard outstanding in defence and deserving the Best on Court award.

For Brumbies goal attack Kate Sutton was their best.

Bluebirds now meet Capricorn Coast in a knockout match next Wednesday night.

The decision to put Rockhampton Grammar School Magic in A-grade has been very successful with the young team not only doing well in competition against players of their own age group, but also frightening a few of the top teams in the A-grade competition.

A few weeks ago Magic was within three goals of Brothers Crimson and this week the school team was even closer, going down 53-52 to second-placed Colts with the winning goal arriving on the buzzer. Not surprisingly with Magic scoring so many goals, the Rockhampton Leagues Club Best on Court for the team was awarded to shooter Claudia Jones while Rebecca Thompson was named Colts' best.

Colts meet Brothers Crimson in the major semis on Wednesday.

 

A-grade Netball Week 19

Colts 54 def RGS Magic 53

Bluebirds Hawks 32 def Frenchville Brumbies 28

Capricorn Coast 45 def Angels Titans 32

Brothers Crimson - bye



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