It will be a grand final rematch when Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars and the Brisbane West Lions hit the floor this Saturday in the Mission Queensland State Netball League (MQSNL) clash at Hibiscus Sports Complex.
Cougars is the big cats of the MQSNL and will be looking to take out its fifth consecutive premiership in a row after making a meal of the Lions in the 2013 Grand Final winning 69-57.
Cougars Coach Amanda Vanderwal, who has over a decade of coaching experience at the helm of the Cougars and leading them to all grand final victories, said her team is focused and ready.
“We have won quite a few grand finals over the years, and looking to go 5 in a row,” Vanderwal said.
“The girls appreciate it is going to be a very tough match but they are looking forward to getting out on court and seeing what they can do.”
“The key for us is to focus on our own game,” Vanderwal said.
“We had a look at the Lions’ strengths and looked at way to counteract them but more importantly we know what we want to do for ourselves and it is about putting out consistent netball for four quarters.”
Cougars had the week off advancing straight to the grand final after overcoming the Rockhampton Leagues Club Claws in the major semi-final 55-43 and already have the upper hand on the Lions, defeating them convincingly twice in the regular season.
Vanderwal said her young side, which has six new players from last year’s premiership winning team, are ready to step up and were put through their paces at training this week.
“We have a lot of younger girls and I am really impressed how they have stepped up this year,” Vanderwal said.
“We had the weekend off so we took the opportunity to have some match play against the men’s team on Monday night at training.”
The Lions on the other hand took the tough road, flying to Rockhampton to battle it out for the spot in the grand final taking on the Capricorn Claws in front of a 1000 strong vocal home crowd.
Brisbane West Lions coach Margie Sugars said the 51-44 win over the Claws has given her team great momentum going in to the grand final but knows her team is up for a fierce battle against the reining premiers.
“The win on the road gives the girls hope, we are well aware of the opportunity of being in the grand final and the possibility of winning it and we have been training hard for that,” Sugars said.
“We know they (Cougars) have a lot of finals experience but they have got a young team this year so it is doable even though we have not beaten them all season.”
“It will be a good game and a good fight and we feel mentally prepared so who knows what happens on the day, we just have to bring our A-game and stick to ouR game plan,” Sugars said.
MQSNL Grand Final
Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars v Brisbane West Lions
5pm, Saturday 13 August 14, 2014 (Doors open at 4pm)
Hibiscus Sports Complex, Klumpp Road Mt Gravatt
If you can’t make it to the game check out the Netball Queensland Facebook page on Saturday afternoon for the live streaming link.