The Carina Leagues Club Tigers has been crowned the Queensland Champions Cup Premiers defeating the Suncoast Lynx 56-44 in a hard fought battle of the big cats in Netball Queensland’s premier state-wide competition grand final.
Tigers Captain Katie Walker said her team almost tasted victory last year and were determined not to be the bridesmaids again.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in yet, the girls are all so excited about winning,” Walker said.
“It was a tough game and we knew it was always going to be a tough game especially against Lynx as they are a great team, but we prepared really well and got the result in the end,” she said.
Walker said entire QCC competition was much tougher this year, which is a credit to all the teams, but her team wasn’t complacent about reaching the main game and knew they would have a close encounter against Lynx.
“This year we had to work super hard as all the teams have gone up another level which makes every game so much tougher and why winning the grand final was so rewarding,” Walker said.
“Playing against Lynx was a totally different challenge this year and we don’t think about last year’s loss, but we also did not take being in the grand final for granted as we know how hard everyone is working to be there.”
Tigers shooter Beryl Friday was named player of the match but Walker credits the Tigers victory to an entire team effort and said every one of the players who stepped onto the court in the black and orange could have been given match honors.
“We are grateful to win it was really such a big team effort,” Walker said.
“You could have picked any of our girls for player of the match, they were all amazing.”
“Sophie Croft had a brilliant game, our defender Kerri Gordon and Natalie Parks shut down the Lynx shooting combination of Steph Wood and Cara Koenen, who can really do some damage.”
Walker who has been in four grand finals and tasted victory is looking forward to next season already and cannot wait to hit the court with her beloved Tigers in 2015.
“Really looking forward to next season, we love being a Tiger, the netball is secondary to being part of the Tigers, the friendships and memories are something I would not give up and I am sure all the girls will be back next year,” Walker said.
Tigers Coach Amanda Sheaffe said she can lay claim to being the proudest coach in the world.
“I have such a fantastic team, they did it for each other, for everyone in our Tigers family, our supporters, sponsors and more importantly they all stood up and did it for ourselves,” Sheaffe.
“It was a very competitive season this year we really had to turn up each week and stick to our game plan but no matter where you come from, winning that grand final is the ultimate prize so we are very excited.”
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