Falcons pair eye VNL titles

Chloe Watson

Chloe Watson

TWO Bendigo players will be among the thick of grand final action when the 2014 Victorian Netball League season wraps up next Wednesday night.

Former Sandhurst defender and Australian 21-under squad member Chloe Watson will line up for City West Falcons in the Championship division decider.

Falcons have dominated the competition throughout the season and are just one win away from going all the way with an unbeaten record.

They take on the Southern Saints in the grand final at the State Netball Hockey Centre at 9pm on July 2, having beaten their rivals during the home-and-away rounds by 19 and five goals.

But the Saints have also been on fire in recent weeks and are on an eight-game winning streak. Ironically, the last match they lost was to Falcons on May 7.

Watson said Saints were a “dangerous” team to face in the grand final and her team would not take them lightly.

“Going through the whole 18 rounds undefeated is something we pride ourselves on and it’s a massive achievement,” she said on Friday.

“But it won’t really count for anything if we don’t finish it off next week.

“They’ve won the last eight on the trot and have a lot of momentum, but then so have we and we will be focused on taking that final step.” 

Falcons enjoyed a week’s rest following their semi-final victory over Boroondara Genesis and are aiming to defend the Championship crown they won in 2013.

Rising stars from Monash University Storm and City West Falcons will go head to head in the 19-under division grand final at 7pm.

Sandhurst mid-courter Brooke Bolton is a member of the Falcons squad that earned their play-off berth with a two-goal victory over Geelong Cougars in a see-sawing preliminary final.

They will have their work cut out for them though - Falcons have fallen short in each of their three encounters with Storm this year, including a one-goal defeat in round 15. 

Bolton plays in centre, wing attack and wing defence for the 19-under Falcons.

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