FAST PASS: Jo Dwyer gets the ball away for Bluebirds Herons, who couldn’t overcome Brothers Case in their final for third spot.
FAST PASS: Jo Dwyer gets the ball away for Bluebirds Herons, who couldn’t overcome Brothers Case in their final for third spot. Chris Ison Rokcnetblue

Brothers Thompson win netball Premier League

NETBALL: IN THE play-off for third and fourth place for the Rockhampton Netball Association's Premier League, Bluebirds Herons were narrowly edged out by Brothers Case, 58 to 53.

But Herons coach Barb Ahmat was delighted with the way her young Herons team played a very fast final.

"We were right in that game and they only just pulled away from us there at the end," Ahmat said.

"I thought we played very well and I am really proud of the girls.

"We have a very young team and we were also without Gemma Hancock at wing defence or goal defence.

"But our circle defenders did a brilliant job. Carmen Hope and Rebecca Patterson played very well."

The Herons coach also believes the injection of Brothers Case most experienced player, Emma Case, late in the game was a turning point.

"Emma Case came on in the last quarter and she is very fit and very experienced," Ahmat said.

"She took a few intercepts off us, a few tired passes and it was just those small errors which hurt us late in the game.

"Our shooters are very young. Christina McLure is only 15 and Taylor Cox is just 14. Definitely we have unearthed some talent for next season."

Ahmat was also very pleased with Alice McGuire who has covered several positions for the Herons in this competition.

"Alice McGuire has been our rock this season," Ahmat said.

"She's played goal attack, wing attack and also as a centre defender. She has been a great mentor to the younger girls."

In the main match, Brothers Thompson were too strong for Brothers McHugh, winning 56 to 46 to claim the premiership.

Premier League finals

  •  1st Brothers Thompson 56 def Brothers McHugh 46
  •  2nd Brothers Case 58 def Bluebirds Herons 53
  •  3rd Bluebirds Jacanas 38 def Frenchville Fury 36
  •  4th Frenchville Flames 43 def Bluebirds Jabirus 35
  •  5th Frenchville Future 45 def Bluebirds Brolgas 38
  •  6th Saints NFW def RGS Spurs (notified forfeit)


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