REACH OUT: Alyshea McCrea (left) and her Bullets Battalion teammates worked hard to earn a 43-18 win against Cosmos Elite in Saturday's minor semi final. Lucinda Cullen is pictured from Cosmos.
REACH OUT: Alyshea McCrea (left) and her Bullets Battalion teammates worked hard to earn a 43-18 win against Cosmos Elite in Saturday's minor semi final. Lucinda Cullen is pictured from Cosmos. Alistair Brightman

Bay Bullets celebrate semi final success

NETBALL: Bay Bullets have qualified directly for four of Hervey Bay Netball Association's grand finals.

Bullets Boscia beat Breakaways Titans by just three points in a tight Division 1 major semi final, which doubled as the side's first win against the minor premiers since June.

"The girls all focused on their jobs," coach Kerrianne Farrelly said. "We only won it in that last quarter."

Farrelly, who was without several top players due to injury or state commitments, said captain Beth Tyson had stepped up as a true on-court leader of the young side.

"We've been hit by a few injuries but Beth's really led the way at training and in our games," Farrelly said.

Teams from four clubs - Bullets, Breakaways, Cosmos and St James - won their major semi final on Saturday to qualify for the September 1 deciders.

 

For Farrelly, a decorated coach who this year was the assistant coach for Netball Queensland's 19-and-unders team, her approach to training will not change despite higher stakes and a prized week off.

"We need to keep that momentum going," she said.

"We'll train together on Monday and reflect on the games. We'll make sure they're focused on their own game.

"All it does is give us a week off. For us, we have to focus on facing them again, and I still think we'll be the underdogs. That was the difference. We stayed calm and played the way we wanted to play."

Breakaways Titans will take on Bullets Battalion in the preliminary final, after Battalion beat Cosmos Elite 43-18.

Two teams from Breakaways, St James and one from Cosmos qualified for the other grand finals.

Preliminary finals will be held on Saturday from 9.30am.



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