After a dominating performance the Brisbane West Lions has ended the Kedron-Wavell Services Leagues Club Cougars strangle hold on the Mission Queensland State League (MQSNL) trophy and is the new 2014 premiers, taking out the Grand Final 53-43.
The Cougars has been the big cats of the MQSNL and was in the hunt for its fifth consecutive premiership but this year the law of the jungle was righted and the Lions created club history taking its first grand final roar.
The girls in orange and blue came out fiercely, leading from the start in what an excited Lions Coach, Margie Sugars described as a tough encounter.
“We finally did it and it is so exciting. I am sure the girls had a great celebration on Saturday night,” Sugars said.
“We led all the way in a very physical match, more physical than the Claws semi-final game in Rockhampton which surprised me a little.”
Sugars, coaching the Lions for the first season in MQSNL, said Cougars had a lot of finals experience but knew her young team could snatch the trophy from the four time reigning premiers despite not recording a win against them all season.
“The girls are all elated, I think it felt a little surreal but we knew it was in our grasp and when it happened and that final whistle went, it was wonderful,” Sugars said.
Sugars said the grand final win was an entire team effort across the season including the bench girls but the difference in this match was her team’s transition work.
“We worked on our transition, especially our full court defence and really shut the Cougars attack down,” Sugars said.
“This year was a different team, we only had three players remaining from last year, and I think we had a stronger team but the entire competition was more even this year.”
Player of the match went to Lions goal attack Alana Cassidy, who had an outstanding game.
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