QCC Grand Final battle of the big cats

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It will be the battle of the big cats tomorrow night in the Queensland Champions Cup Grand Final (QCC) with the best of Netball Queensland’s premier state-wide competition left to fight for the top prize.

The Carina Leagues Club Tigers will take on the SunCoast Lynx in the culmination of a fiercely competitive seventeen week representative season.

Take advantage of people’s day at the show by visiting the Netball Queensland stand at the Ekka, then head to the Hibiscus Sports Complex at Klumpp Road, Mt Gravatt at 6.30pm for a sampling of the best netball in the state.

The Carina League Club Tigers tasted victory in 2012 but are looking to go one better this year after finishing runners up in 2013.

Coach Amanda Sheaffe knows her team has a tough match ahead of them.

“It is always great when you make a grand final but the ultimate prize is to win it and that is what we are aiming for,” Sheaffe said.

“We know it is going to be a really tough match but we have done a lot of work this season and we are just so excited to play in this grand final as a team.”

“The Lynx are a quality team so we definitely have to bring our A-game tomorrow night, every time you play them you have to play your best netball,” Sheaffe said.

After already going head to head in the major semi-final the previous weekend the Tigers came from behind and defeated the Lynx 55-53.

The Lynx then had to qualify the hard way, facing off against reigning premiers the Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars in the preliminary final the next day easily winning, 58-43.

The two grand final teams have met each other twice in round games winning one each; Lynx beat Tigers 55-51 in round 5 and Tigers evened the score defeating Lynx convincingly 59-47 in round 12.

Lynx coach Jenny Brazel said even though her team took the hard road to the big match she is not looking at this as a negative.

“I am viewing it has a positive. We had a great game against Tigers in the semi-final, it was a very intense, fast hard game and it was tight the entire way and then we backed up Sunday morning and came out very determined to play nice, controlled netball and put the Cougars away,” Brazel said.

“The girls are really excited to be playing in the Grand Final, it has been a long time for us, we have been in the semis for the last few years and last year we lost in the prelim to Tigers by four.”

With Australian Netball League (ANL) stars, the Fusion shooting duo, Cara Koenenand Steph Wood and centre court dynamo Laura Scherian, all back in action for the Lynx, Brazel said her team is ready for anything the Tigers strike at them.

“It is going to be a really tight contest, I think it will be a hard fought match,” Brazel said.

“The Tigers have probably got the experience of playing in a Grand Final but I don’t think that will go against us, the girls have all prepared very well and we have done what we need to do to be ready.”

Queensland Champions Cup Grand Final
Wednesday 13 August 2014 at 6:30pm (Doors will open at 5.30pm)
Hibiscus Sports Complex, Klumpp Road Mt Gravatt.