Square hangs on to defeat Gisborne

GREAT GAME: Golden Square goal attack Julie Fennell. Picture: DARREN HOWE
GREAT GAME: Golden Square goal attack Julie Fennell. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Golden Square will play in its sixth BFNL A-grade netball grand final in the past nine years after it defeated Gisborne in the preliminary final.

Square edged out Gisborne 53-50 and will play hot favourite Sandhurst in the grand final.

“We knew it was going to be another tough fight,’’ Golden Square coach Allira Holmes said.

“We’ve had close games against Gisborne all year. We were very happy to walk away with a four-goal win in the final we played a couple of weeks ago and this time we won by three, so we’re very pleased.

“Gisborne made us work hard for it.”

They key to Square’s success was a strong start.

Square’s lead grew to as many as eight goals in the first half before Gisborne rallied in the second half.

“We were really happy with the way we started, but any lead that’s under 10 can be made up pretty quickly,’’ Holmes said.

“We had to keep our feet on the pedal because Gisborne did claw back. We managed to stay in front all game.

“It’s always hard to play catch up, so we were happy to make them catch us. We stayed in control for most of the game.”

Goal attack Julie Fennell was named Golden Square’s best player.

“As a whole our team played really well,’’ Holmes said.

“Gabe (Richards) and Julie did a great job in the goal ring. They both shot really well.”

Other BFNL netball preliminary final results:

A-reserve – Kangaroo Flat 57 d Eaglehawk 37.

 B-grade – Eaglehawk 36 d South Bendigo 34.

B-reserve – Sandhurst 38 lt Kangaroo Flat 43.

17-and-under – Golden Square 43 lt Sandhurst 47.