Bullets confident club will continue title run
BULLETS Netball Club may have won the past three consecutive Hervey Bay Netball Division 1 titles but coach Kerrianne Farrelly's team is not ready to rest.
Bullets Nubees qualified for Saturday's grand final courtesy of a 19-point win over Cosmos Kryptonites. They face rivals Breakaways Bayside, who is one win away from a perfect season.
But Farrelly, who openly admits she never expected her squad to reach the last weekend, said she believed her team could break Breakaways' hearts.
"I said to the girls at our last training run on Monday that they've gone above and beyond what we expected at the start of the year,” she said. "We didn't ever expect to make the grand final.”
Breakaways won all 13 of its games, and finished the regular season with 576 goals - 178 goals more than closest rivals Bullets (398).
The club has rolled Bullets in each of their four games this season, with margins of nine, 22, three and 14 points.
If that trend continues, the grand final could see a repeat of last year's one-point margin.
"The semi final was a different line-up with players in different spots,” she said. "We put players in different positions. We had a few injuries we didn't want to risk, and we knew we had the second chance.
"We're in it. We want to keep our premiership run going. But you have to remember these girls are young, they hadn't played that physical style of game before this season.
"They had at least three chances against Breakaways now so hopefully they're used to it by now.”
Saturday's Division 1 grand final will start at 1.30pm, though HBNA's grand final day will start with Divs 8, 9 and 10 at 9am. Divs 3 and 6 start at 10.30am with Divs 2 and 7 at noon.