by Jacob Wilson
Netball: One point was all that stood in the way of the Whitsunday Under 14 Netball side winning the Grand Final against Wests Roar on Saturday.
The "nail biting” 31-32 clash was tight from start to finish with the Wests Roars leading most of the game by only a small margin of one or two points.
Whitsunday coach Mamari Corner said she was proud of the team for making it to the Grand Final and coming so close to winning in their first Mackay competition.
"It was exciting and nail biting to watch and a few people who haven't seen it enjoyed watching the girls play too,” she said.
"I think (Wests) were taller than us but in saying that its not like we didn't turn over any balls and it was a close game, they weren't that much better than us.”
Corner said she was impressed with a range of individual performances from the girls who made a real impact during the game.
"Erin Scothern held her nerve and never stopped driving forward to get the ball...she was she was one of the strongest on the court for the game,” she said.
"Kiarni Hinton and molly O'Connor kept tight defence, got intercepts and even some rebounds against a much taller opposition.
"Jordyn Mau was our strongest shooter in the middle of the game but injury prevented her from playing in the final quarter.”
Imogen Davey-Grigg and Hanna McAliece were mentioned for their consistent centre court play and Hannah Colborne scored a large number of goals for the Whitsundays in her GS position.
Jess Knox was credited with playing her best game in the Wing defence position and Breeana Mackay also performed well as her counterpart.
Alexis Russel was acknowledged for her role as sub player throughout the year.
Corner thanked the overwhelming support provided to the girls on the day with parents, fans and the Whitsunday Brahmans on the sidelines cheering on the Whitsunday netballers.
"We had nice and warm support on the sidelines and it is really quite awesome for these nine girls to have that following,” she said.
The Whitsunday Netball Association is considering including two teams for the 2018 Mackay Netball competition.