Netballers ready for 2017 grand final day

A GRADE: Ports' Leticia Masters looks to pass the ball as team-mate Hannah Woolford makes a lead and Kimba's Ashlee Francis defends.

A GRADE: Ports' Leticia Masters looks to pass the ball as team-mate Hannah Woolford makes a lead and Kimba's Ashlee Francis defends.

B grade

Eastern Ranges def Ports 54-36

IN great conditions for netball, the game started with both teams shaking off their nerves and settling quickly.

There were some great passages of play and the first quarter was evenly contested with scores Eastern Ranges 13 to Ports 11.

Eastern Ranges made changes and quickly settled with the wing attack and centre feeding well into the goalies.

Ports’ defences were working hard but goal shooter Cassie Elson was on fire, shooting accurately.

Ports had an injury and had to move their wing attack to goal attack and bring on a reserve.

Toward the end of the quarter, Eastern Ranges made a few unforced errors but had pulled ahead to be 27–18 at half time.

Eastern Ranges and Ports made changes, bringing on fresh legs and this was effective for both teams. 

Eastern Ranges only managed to score one more goal than Ports for the quarter.

Ports had another injury, with only seconds to go until time was called, Ranges 37–Ports 27.

In the final quarter, Eastern Ranges’ shooter Cassie Elson and goal attack Meisha Quinn combined well in the ring, piling on 17 goals to Ports’ nine.

Eastern Ranges could taste the win and played out the game.

A fantastic team effort.

D grade

Eastern Ranges def Cowell 53-40

The D grade preliminary final between Eastern Ranges and Cowell was played showing a great display of talented young netballers.

The first quarter was closely contested with both teams showing great determination and want for the ball.

Eastern Ranges went into the quarter break with a slight advantage, 14-11.

Cowell made changes in the second quarter but were able to settle quickly.

Eastern Ranges defenders worked hard to create turnovers and their goalies were shooting accurately to be up by 10 goals at half time, 28-18.

The third quarter was played with great intensity as both teams were working hard.

Cowell started the quarter well and were able to get some quick goals to decrease the margin.

Eastern Ranges then settled and played great team netball to be up 41-27 at three-quarter time.

Both teams were playing skillful netball.

D grade final between Eastern Ranges

The last quarter was evenly contested with both teams playing skillful netball. 

At the final whistle, Eastern Ranges defeated Cowell 53-40 and earnt their way to play Kimba in the grand final.

Grand finals

Grand finals will be held at Cowell on Saturday, with the first game starting at 9.15am and the last at 3pm.