Ninjas take on Fury in netball grand final tonight at CQUni
THERE are no sheep stations on the line, but Renée Williams and her Colts Ninjas teammates are certainly playing to win.
The Ninjas head into tonight's Rockhampton Netball Association's Premier League grand final against Fury on the back of seven straight wins. Their opponents, Fury, have done the same, winning seven consecutive matches on their way to tonight's grand final at the CQUniversity Sports Complex.
What started out as the ideal place to give juniors and A-reserve players an opportunity alongside their club's senior players has turned into the perfect launch pad for Colts' 2014 Rockhampton Leagues Club A-grade netball campaign.
"It'd be nice to win it heading into next year," said Williams, who won the Premier League with Colts in 2010 and Bluebirds in 2011.
"It'd be good because it'd give us a positive outlook heading into pre-season training and it'd give a lot of confidence to the A-res and the junior girls because they're trying to earn their spot in the A-grade side. If they play well then it's a good boost for them.
"And, any grand final is always about winning. You never go into a grand final being complacent, you've got your eye on the prize.
"We've focused more on rotation and looking at different combinations for next year in A-grade and also getting the juniors and the A-res players on court, but as we went through and kept winning games things changed.
"After winning those first few we wanted to go through undefeated and now we want to win the final."
Fury's skipper Angela Horn said she would have a few nerves before venturing onto the court tonight, with expectations at a high.
With such a young squad, she said her performance would rub off on the club's emerging stars.
"After a while you become a bit of a target and you are definitely an influence on the younger ones so you're trying to play well for your team and bring them along with you," said Horn, who has only lost one match - the 2013 A-grade grand final to Brothers Crimson - in their past 16.
"I set incredibly high expectations of myself so I probably make myself nervous.
"I love winning and I'd love to beat Colts because we are always very competitive.
"It'll be tough for us. They've got a few more tried and experienced combinations than we do, but our juniors are going well so far so we'll give them an opportunity to show what they're about and we'll see how we go."
Premier League Netball
Tonight, 7.45pm at CQUniversity
Colts Ninja s v Fury