Sarah with the ball for Starbursts.
Sarah with the ball for Starbursts. Claudia Williams

Skills tested in netball grand finals

NETBALL: The winners of the Kingaroy Netball Association season have been decided with the Starbursts and Team Sassy finishing on top in the netta and cadet divisions.

The Starbursts scored a 19 to 13 point win over the Sour Skittles to take out the six week nettas competition.

Coach of the Starbursts Leanne Petersen said she was proud of the effort the girls showed on court.

"When you step on court you want to win but you want to play a good and fair game,” she said.

The nettas division is made up of 10, 11 and 12 year-old players and Petersen said it has been great to watch the girls develop and improve as netballers, individually and as a team.

"They are improving all the time and some of our new players have really got to know the sport, the rules and the basic ball skills and they have been able to put that all together and use it in the final,” she said.

"They had to defend really well to make sure they kept shutting down the play and they did that and they communicated well to their mates on the court.

"The most important thing is that the girls enjoy the game and play as a team because you can't play out there by yourself you have really got to rely on all your other team players to bring it together.”

The Gummie Bears defeated the Snowballs nine goals to three to finish in third place in nettas.

This year the season has been split into two six week competitions and coach of Team Sassy, Sue Goschnick, said she could see how far her team have improved this season in their 17 to 14 goal win over the Wolves.

"They have developed as the two seasons have gone on I have seen improvement,” she said.

"They have put into play a lot of the stuff that we have worked on in training and it shows on the court.

"They are backing themselves up every time on the court which is really nice to see and chasing down any loose balls, even under pressure at the end the balls kept coming at them all the time.”

The Blue birds defeated the Wildcats 25 goals to 16 to finish in third place in the cadets division.

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