ENTRANCE: Bullets Nubess enter the court for the start of the third quarter through a long, winding, player tunnel.
ENTRANCE: Bullets Nubess enter the court for the start of the third quarter through a long, winding, player tunnel. Alistair Brightman

No premiership, but Bullets are still champions

WE CAME here as underdogs but left as champions," Kerrianne Farrelly said after her Bullets Nubees lost the Hervey Bay Netball Division 1 grand final.

"We were rebuilding our Div 1 team this year, so to have these girls come through and perform at that level against a team that hasn't changed but added to their line-up, is brilliant.

"It was a real David and Goliath moment. I couldn't ask for more as a coach."

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Bullets wing attack Jaymee Ericson.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Bullets wing attack Jaymee Ericson. Alistair Brightman

Farrelly was an unmoving, calculated presence on the sideline as she watched her team rally from a five-point deficit at three-quarter time, to fight back and almost steal victory against the undefeated minor premiers.

But while Nubees fell three points short in their chase, Farrelly was rapt with how her young team performed.

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Brianna Duffy (Bullets).
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Brianna Duffy (Bullets). Alistair Brightman

She praised captain Brook Hall in particular, one of only two players who were part of last year's premiership winning squad.

The officials were also impressed by Hall, voting her Player of the Grand Final.

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Brooke Hall (Bullets).
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Brooke Hall (Bullets). Alistair Brightman

"It was just so stressful," Hall said after full-time.

"We went in thinking 'we were the underdogs, let's come out on top'. We were determined to beat them.

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Both teams link arms after the match.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Both teams link arms after the match. Alistair Brightman

"As a team, we're a unit.

"It wasn't individual, we wanted to work as a team and it showed, we only lost by three, so I'm really proud of everyone."

 

Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Bullets goal shooter Isabelle Baumanis.
Hervey Bay netball grand final - Breakaways Bayside v Bullets Nubees. Bullets goal shooter Isabelle Baumanis. Alistair Brightman

While reluctant to single out a player, Hall praised the efforts of young goal shooter Isabelle Baumanis.

"She is the youngest on our team," Hall said.

"She stayed strong throughout the whole game and her shots were almost 100%."

 

Bullets Nubees.
Bullets Nubees. Alistair Brightman

HBNA GRAND FINAL RESULTS

Div 1: Breakaways Bayside 42 def Bullets Nubees 39

Div 2: Bullets Benchwarmers 30 def Breakaways Swift 26

Div 3: Cosmos Fushion 42 def Breakaways Breezers 41

Div 6: Bullets Bulletproof 36 def St James Jaguars 10

Div 7: Bullets Hurricanes 31 def Cosmos Stars 24

Div 8: St James Tigers 33 def Bullets Bolts 27

Div 9: Bullets Swifts 35 def Breakaways Bedazzlers 18

Div 10: Comets Devils 26 def Bullets Point 17



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