Netball final berths up for grabs

By on February 22, 2014

The Kedron Lions Gold and Red teams will square off in The Athlete’s Foot Chermside A-Grade preliminary final on Wednesday.

Kedron Lions Gold finished second on the ladder and met minor premiers Rawesomes in the qualifying Brisbane Netball Association semi-final last week. Rawesomes once again proved too strong for Gold who finished 23 goals behind the seemingly unstoppable Rawesomes.

In the elimination semi-final, Kedron Lions Red met Royals. Royals, the A-Grade newcomers, couldn’t match the experienced Red team who posted a solid 55–34 win to set up a preliminary final against their sister team, Kedron Lions Gold.

During the regular season, these teams had only met once with Gold winning comfortably by 15 goals. Their other match was a casualty of wet weather last December.

Never count out the Red

On paper, it would appear that Gold are the superior team but it wouldn’t pay to underestimate Kedron Lions Red; a team that’s been together for many years and responsible for more than one upset in finals.

The Red team has more years of experience over their younger clubmates so the match will definitely prove to be a battle between youth and experience.

The winner will meet Rawesomes in the grand final on March 5.

The Athlete’s Foot A Grade preliminary final will be played on court 3 at 8pm.

The A-Reserve finals also promise an intriguing tussle.

Blue Raptors Donna Schmidt and Elizabeth Hall hit the court for some practice before Wednesday's final.

MAKES PERFECT: Blue Raptors Donna Schmidt and Elizabeth Hall hit the court for some practice before Wednesday’s final.

The minor premiers, TIP 3, one of the BNA’s development teams, is the same team that last year won the Netball Queensland Under-13 State Age Championship and the Combined Australian Netball Association’s U13 National title.

When these young girls are not playing for the BNA, they play for the Blue Jays netball club and it was another Blue Jays team, Blue Raptors, they met in the qualifying semi-final last week.

Tables have turned

Last winter, Raptors held the upper hand over their younger team but this summer has seen TIP 3 turn the tables and start taking wins off the more experienced team.

With Raptors missing key goaler Lyn Clarke last week, TIP 3 weren’t troubled at all and easily won their semi 40–12 to move straight to the grand final.

The elimination semi-final saw another Kedron Lions team take on another Blue Jays team.

Kedron Lions Blue have been the stronger between them and Blue Blasters all season but not by much.

The semi produced yet another five goal win to Kedron Lions Blue who will now meet Raptors in the preliminary final.

Tight tussle looms

Honours are even between Kedron Lions Blue and Blue Raptors with both teams scoring one win each.

The preliminary final is likely to be quite a tussle particularly with Raptors welcoming the return of Clarke.

The A-Reserve preliminary final will be played on court 4 at 8pm.

Interestingly, three of the four top goalers in the association will feature in this week’s prelims. Megan Kelly from KL Red has won the gong for best individual shooter for the season, but both goalers from Raptors – Clarke and team captain, Elizabeth Hall – were only a whisker behind Kelly in the final standings. Kelly and Hall live in Kedron. Clarke in Brendale.

About Tamara Hall

Tamara Hall is the secretary of the Brisbane Netball Association. PO Box 2061, Chermside Centre Qld, 4032 Ph: 07 3350 2035, Fax: 07 3350 4391, www.brisbanenetball.org.au

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