JKM Dynamic Fitness held out to finish as nine points winners over Pumpettes in the A Grade netball grand final on Saturday while Mystics fought back to claim the B Grade crown with a close 21-18 win over Real Steel.
JKM made a very good start in Saturday’s game moving the ball efficiently down the court and, from the get go, the JKM players were dominating at each end of the court.
Defensive play was strong from both teams which limited goal shooting opportunities for each side.
JKM’s Lauren Urquhart however had her eye in early in the match and was confidently shooting at a high percentage success rate from the outset.
Team mate Amie Hill was calling the shots at the other end of the court.
JKM were firing on all cylinders and Pumpettes, who were defending their A Grade title win from last season, quickly found themselves trailing 4-10 at the first break.
Pumpettes however came back out energised in the second quarter and played themselves back into the game.
They matched JKM in the shooting department and also around the rest of the court.
The half time score was a close 18-12 in JKM’s favour.
Pumpettes found another gear in the third quarter and the intensity of play noticeably lifted in both circles.
Pumpettes defenders Rachel Gentles and Leah Le Lievre worked overtime to give their shooters Hayley Walker and Emma Brown extra possession and they began a spirited fightback.
The Pumpettes shooters made the most of every opportunity they were given and shot with an impressive 100 per cent success rate for the quarter.
Walker netted six goals and Brown, who remained cool under pressure, sank five to outpoint JKM in the third quarter 11 goals to 10.
It was by far Pumpettes best quarter of the match and, at one stage, they had narrowed the margin to just four points the difference.
Pumpettes however couldn’t sustain the pressure throughout the final quarter while JKM, on the other hand, finished strongly.
Urquhart continued to shoot well from all around the circle and recorded another five goals (including a post tap) to add to her game tally of 25 points.
Hill, with her constant encouraging team talk and impressive game stats of five intercepts and multiple rebounds, was named Player of the Grand Final.