Magic down Flames in thriller grand final at Jardine Park

RGS Magic X-factor Bridie Spottiswood has been credited for her relentless efforts alongside shooting star Marissa Buchanan in their 60-46 grand final win.

Rockhampton Grammar School's dynamic duo held the key to victory in Friday's secondary schoolgirls decider against Emmaus at Jardine Park.

Buchanan is a cool, calm and collected goal-shooting machine with experience and a stellar record in the sport.

Spottiswood is an athletic, aggressive and enthusiastic playmaker with the "perfect feed".

When they click, they are almost impossible to contain.

IN ATTACK: RGS Magic GS Marissa Buchanan competes for the ball against Emmaus GK Georgia Assay.
IN ATTACK: RGS Magic GS Marissa Buchanan competes for the ball against Emmaus GK Georgia Assay. CONTRIBUTED Roknetball

The Magic overcame a first-quarter tussle to register a 14-goal lead late in the second half.

Spottiswood, the competition's MVP, outpointed Flames' goal defence in an absorbing one-on-one battle.

"Their shooting circle was very dominant with Marissa good stability for them under the post," Flames' coach Trudy Landsberg said.

"Bridie played one of the best games I've ever seen her play and she really stepped up to the finals challenge."

The Flames got to within three goals of Magic early in the second quarter and the most slender of margins was all that stood between the sides for the remainder of the first half.

Proving their status as the best defensive unit in the competition, Flames goal-keeper Georgia Assay underlined her ability at the top level.

"Our defence put in everything they could and tried their best to shut down Marissa but together with Bridie they were unstoppable," Landsberg said.

"The girls never gave up and never dropped their heads; they fought right up until the end."

Emmaus's passing was precise to give shooters Taylah Cox and Sophie Boland every opportunity.

"Taylor and Sophie made for an awesome combination, they both played outstanding," Landsberg said. "All of our players contributed what they needed to do in the game and all played their best; it was match fitness which hurt us most in the end."

The Magic were handed an attacking onslaught when Flames' goal-shooter Cox broke her wrist in the final-quarter.

Both teams will continue preparations for the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Competition to be held in Brisbane next week.



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