All eyes on the ball.
All eyes on the ball. Sheena Lindholm

Finals down to the wire

NETBALL: The Envirospheres netball finals were held on Friday, September 8, in Nanango.

Nanango and District Netball Association president, Sheena Lindholm, said there was a great atmosphere and excitement at the finals.

"The junior final had great spirit, with teams running out through the arms of other players and handmade banners hanging up over the spectators benches,” she said.

"Not all of us get to experience a grand final - the nerves, the excitement; but these junior players played very well under pressure, especially Twisted Sisters who came from fourth on the ladder to be in the grand final.”

The Envirospheres junior final was a well-played, hard-fought final, with the Sassy Unicorns, who were top of the ladder, beating Twister Sisters 15-5.

"Sassy Unicorns deservedly took the win, but both teams played really well,” Lindholm said.

The player of the grand final was Sassy Unicorns player, Maleah Roberts, who also won junior player of the year later in presentations.

"Maleah Roberts from Sassy Unicorns, who was player of the final, played another excellent game which demonstrated her leadership in her division and both her attack and defence netball skills, which is why she is also an outstanding player in the under 11s representative team and later took out the junior player of the year trophy,” Lindholm said.

The Envirospheres cadet final was between the top two teams, Dangerous Divas and Rapid Fire.

"The cadet final had every emotion expected in a final - spectators standing on their seats cheering, loud commentary on the sideline from previous opponents, audible gasps at a mistake and celebrations at a turnover of the ball,” Lindholm said.

It was a nail-biting finale with scores drawn at 26-all at full time, forcing the game into extra time.

Rapid Fire scored the final two goals to win 28-26.

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