A height advantage and years of playing together helped the Pumpettes to a convincing win in the Women’s Indoor Netball grand final on Monday night at the youth centre.
The Pumpettes finished as big winners, 42-21 over Cobar Connections.
With their Goal Shooter Emma Barton in sensational shooting form contributing 28 goals for the match and also linking well in the circle with Goal Attack, Madasan Taylor (who was also shooting well with 14 points for the game) the pair was very hard to contain all match.
The Cobar Connections defenders however tried their best with Goal Defence Corrina Brenton’s efforts rewarded with the Player of the Grand Final honour.
Cobar Connections’ Goal Keeper Demi Smith was also at one stage in the running for the title.
Smith had a great game and was reading the play well which resulted in a number of intercepts for her team.
Cobar Connections started the match off well with a rudimentary goal scored in quick time from the first centre pass.
Pumpettes however took some time to warm up but, when they did, they well and truly took control of the game.
Kelly Fairbank, playing at Centre, steered her Pumpettes side around all game and, with Sarah Pennell playing at Wing Attack and Simone Knight in Wind Defence, their centre court had plenty of strength.
At the end of the first quarter Pumpettes had a five goals lead and by half time they had extended the margin to seven points.
Cobar Connections’ shooters Nikki Gilbert and Janette Booth had a tough job with Pumpettes’ defenders Jayme Francisco and Rachel Gentles working overtime in defence.
They rebounded well to ensure their shooters had plenty of opportunities at goal.
Barton sank a massive 12 goals in the third quarter to help extend Pumpettes’ lead to 15 points going into the final quarter.
Cobar Connections rallied but, with the Pumpettes’ shooters Barton and Taylor on a roll, they finished strongly for the Pumpettes to claim a convincing 21 goals win.