Sunshine Coast Grammar broke defending champions, Mathew Flinders, two-year reign with a dominate second half performance taking out the 2013 Mission Foods Primary School Cup, 19-15 in the Grand final today at Redlands Netball Association.
It was a battle of the Sunshine Coast giants in a tight fought start to the game with Grammar holding a slim one-point lead going in to half time ahead 9-8.
Grammar shot away early in the second half and never looked back thanks to performances from their energetic centre, Andy Sellers who was a stand out in both the Semi and grand finals.
Sellers even caught the eye of Mission Queensland Firebird, Clare McMeniman, who selected the talented young netballer as Grand Final Player of the Match.
“She was constantly working in attack and defense and was the lynch pin in the Grammar victory today,” McMeniman said.
Excited to be there to watch the games in particular the final, McMenIman said she could see a few future Firebirds out there today.
“The Final was a hard fought battle and all players who stepped out on the court today should all be proud, there was some great netball played today so you should all hold your heads high,” McMeniman said.
Grammar coach, Janelle Derrington, was very proud of her inexperienced team and impressed at their ability to pull together as a team on the court.
“I could not be prouder, they all worked so hard,” Derrington said.
“Today was a combination of all seven players on the court and all ten got us through the weekend,” Derrington said.
“Maddison Grant, our goal attack, played in Division one on the Sunshine Coast and she has gone from strength to strength, she was definitely a key player for us,” she said.
Umpire advisory panel and All Australian badge umpire, Derrington was impressed at the talent coming out of the Sunshine Coast with a large number of teams competing over the weekend.
“Through the final series it was great to see so many teams from the Sunshine Coast, just shows the strength of netball on the coast,” Derrington said.
Across the weekend more than 70 teams, playing 360 games competed in the annual round robin event at Redlands.
Teams were randomly placed in one of eight pools, named after a Mission Queensland Firebird, where each side played each other once before the top two teams moved through to elimination finals.
Other schools to experience success were Calvary Christian College from Brisbane who defeated Fairholme College from Toowoomba, 19-9 in the play-off for third.
Netball Queensland Sports Development and Participation Manager, David Bannister said the competition was again a huge success.
“This year saw teams competing from all over the state, we even had teams from as far away a Cairns and Pittsworth,” he said.
“Hundreds of games of netball were played across the weekend, giving young netballers a chance to compete in a state-wide competition and it’s a great opportunity for students to become involved in netball and make life-long friends.”