Intense contest in netball finals

The Forbes Netball Association Spring night competitions for both mixed and ladies teams came to the end of the season last week, when Finals were played in both divisions. The Ladies final was very close throughout the full game, with the lead often changing, and spectators kept on the edge of their seats, as they cheered on their favourite team. The final result was Forbes Engineering 32 def Postie 31.

Forbes Engineering held a two goal lead at the end of the first quarter, winning it 10-8, but Postie fought back in the second to even the scores at the half time break at 15 all. Monique Pointon lead the way for Engineering, showing great vision in all areas, with Lisa Drane and Carmen Jelbart also having a big impact for their Engineering team.

The third quarter had Engineering ahead by two goals, with Postie players Aurella White, Ellie Flick and Caitlin Duncan fighting hard for their team. The lead changed many times, and the final quarter was very exciting, as both teams scored goal for goal. Postie took the lead with a minute to go, but Engineering fought hard, and regained the lead, and scored the winning goal with seconds to spare.

The experience of the Engineering team came through in the last minute, but the young Postie team showed what they are capable of as they gain experience in tight games. 

The final of the Mixed competition was played between the new team of H & S, and the younger team of Zenith. The final result was Zenith 24 defeated H & S 10. Zenith took an early lead in the first quarter, winning it 5-2 and at half time increased by a goal to lead 10-7, with all players working hard.

The teenagers for Zenith showed great skills, lead by Ellen McLinden, who never gave up, setting a great example of determination and fighting spirit. Will Driscoll for Zenith intercepted many passes, and kept turing over the ball to his team. Krystal Girot, shoorter for Zenith, who is coming back from 12 months of injury, also showed all the skills she has learnt before her break.

H & S are a new team, with the men catching on to netball very early in the competition. H & S was lead by Ness Campbell and Hannah Cudaj, who never gave up trying. Zenith took a commanding lead in the thrid quarter, winning by 18-8, and continued to increase the difference in the final quarter. Congratulations to all the players, who showed outstanding sportsmanship.

Best and Fairest for the Ladies competition was Alyssa Crowe from Golfie.

Best and Fairest for the Mixed competition was Ellen McLinden from Zenith.

A huge thank you to all the umpires. Without umpires there would be no games. Congratulations to all the National badged umpires who were selected to umpire the Finals last week.

2018: The FNA Committee will now be starting to organise the 2018 season, with Fast 5 to be played in February and March. Anyone interested in volunteering to help run the Fast 5 competitions should email Secretary Tiff Nicholson email secretary.forbesnetball@gmail.com