Finals can be a great leveller and that was certainly proven this weekend with some nail-biting netball on display.
Half the games played came down to five goals or less, three of those games had a difference of just one goal.
In 11 and Under Division 2 YCW continued their winning form to move into the grand final undefeated with a win over Warriors 15-11.
Warriors and Ravens will face off this weekend to see who joins them. In Division 1 it was much the same with Warriors also moving through to the grand final undefeated.
YCW will play Roopena in a game that’s very much anyone’s to win, with their last two games versing each other coming down to just a couple of goals.
YCW pulled off a solid win 25-14, over ladder leaders Ravens Pink in 13 and Under Division 2.
They will no doubt await with confidence to see whether they will play Warriors or Ravens Pink after this weekend’s result.
In 13 and Under Division 1 True Blue Blue were convincing in their win over Kiwi 36-15 and will move through to the grand final.
Roopena and True Blue White had a great battle with Roopena just coming out on top 28-26.
Kiwi will now face Roopena this weekend to keep their finals chance alive.
In 15 and under Division 2 Ravens booked their spot in the grand final defeating True Blue 45-21.
True Blue came out hard early but were not strong enough to match them for the games entirety.
True Blue will have a second chance when they face Warriors this weekend who were triumphant over Roopena 28-24.
It was edge of your seat netball in the Division 1 with True Blue getting an upset win over an undefeated Warriors Green by just one goal.
The story was very much the same between Kiwi and YCW, Kiwi just keeping their finals chances alive, defeating YCW by just one goal.
No doubt they will have their work cut out for them this weekend with Warriors Green not wanting to make the same mistake twice.
Roopena had a strong win in F Grade over ladder leader Kiwi Red 31-13.
Kiwi Red will now take on True Blue to see who will move on to the grand final.
In E grade Kiwi Red had a close win over YCW 31-28 to secure their spot next week.
It was also a close one between Kiwi Black and Ravens with Kiwi Black just coming out on top 34-32.
They will now face off against YCW to see if they can make it an all Kiwi affair in the grand final.
No real surprises in the D grade, Kiwi defeated Roopena 27-17 to book their place in the grand final.
Roopena will be looking to keep their grand final streak going when they take on Warriors Green who defeated their sister team 50-28.
In Reserves there were some closer games than we are used to.
True Blue continued their good form defeating Kiwi 46-33.
Kiwi will now play Warriors this weekend who won over YCW 46-41.
It was a consistent performance that saw Warriors Black move straight through to the grand final over YCW Yellow 45-37.
While the game between Kiwi and True Blue was literally goal for goal – Kiwi was just in front at the final whistle 37-36. Kiwi will need to be switched on this weekend if they want to take it to YCW.
In B grade Kiwi Red seem to have a new slogan – better late than never. They have found some fantastic form late this season and were dominant this weekend over Ravens Pink, who I had tipped early in the season to make the grand final.
Ravens Pink are now knocked out and Kiwi Red will take on YCW Green this weekend after losing an absolute battle against Warriors 37-32. If Kiwi can maintain consistency this is going to be a cracker game to watch.
I haven’t had the opportunity to watch much A grade this season and this was my first chance to watch Kiwi.
In my opinion they are really going to have to lift their game this weekend or they could be knocked out in spectacular fashion. I felt they were quite undisciplined in their defence and really lacked confidence in their attack.
Warriors were not faultless by any means but they were consistent and that’s all it took for them to book their place in the grand final yet again, defeating Kiwi 53-43.
This weekend the grand finals will be decided and if last weekend is anything to go by, it’s going to be epic. We also get the chance to look back on the season at our annual dinner, celebrating some stand out individual and team efforts both on and off the court.