Kate breaks grand final deadlock in extra time
IT WAS a nail-biting grand final which came down to a single goal scored in the dying moments but in the end it was last year's runners-up, the Breakaways, which came out on top in a dramatic end to Hervey Bay Netball season.
There was a full day of grand final action at the Hervey Bay Netball Courts on Saturday however it was the division one match between two arch rivals that proved a highlight.
Breakaways and Bay Bullets went head to head for the second grand final in a row.
Bullets looked as though they were going to steal an easy the win as they dominated the first quarter.
However Breakaways seemed determined not to be on the losing side of another narrow defeat and were quick to prove they were not about to hand over victory.
Finally, in an effort reminiscent of last year's grand final, the score reflected a similarly close result only in perfect reverse as this time it was the Breakaways which stole the game by the slightest of margins. Kate Cardwell put the final points on the board on the buzzer.
Breakaways Belinda Walkey said despite her team getting off to a slow start, an invigorating second-half sealed their grand final winning form.
"We started off really slow. First quarter we were 8-1 down and second quarter we weren't much better," she said.
"We had a bit of a team talk at half time and decided to give it a good go and see what comes of it. That's when we started to pick up."
Belinda said this was the fourth successive year Breakaways had made it to the grand final game and was the second time they had gone up against Bullets.
"In the end the final goal was scored during injury time, there was 25 seconds added on the clock and the scores were even but we ended up getting one in just before the clock ran out."
To add to the victory, Best Player on Court was awarded to the Breakaways' Renee Searle, while Bullets player Mikaella Valenzuela was runner up, giving her team something to smile about.
Bullets player Cheyenne Dredge said while the loss was disappointing, her team was overwhelmed to make it to the top end of the competition.
"The first quarter we fought hard and were really on top though the pace of the game caught up with us and Breakaways managed to chase us down," she said.
"It was goal for goal in the last quarter
"It is still great to have made the grand final. We went from not winning very many games at the start of the season to coming up against one of the top teams in the finals."