Diamonds Junior A – Front: Hannah Duggan, Makenzie Burton, Breanna Ragh and Tara Doyle. Back: Sophie Cartwright, Emily Ryan, Jessica Mauch, Ashleigh Bradfield and Gabbie Pike. Not in photo: Ella Hudson
Diamonds Junior A – Front: Hannah Duggan, Makenzie Burton, Breanna Ragh and Tara Doyle. Back: Sophie Cartwright, Emily Ryan, Jessica Mauch, Ashleigh Bradfield and Gabbie Pike. Not in photo: Ella Hudson Erin Smith

Gabbie's keen for her first ever grand final

JUNIOR A Diamonds player Gabbie Pike has been playing netball for four years and this season is the first time her team has made it to the grand final.

Gabbie and her teammates have had an exceptional run this season, remaining undefeated, which in a 22-round competition is not an easy feat.

"It is exciting, but also made me nervous when we got on the court because we wanted to keep winning," she said.

Tomorrow the Diamonds will be up against the junior A Fever side.

And Gabbie feels it will be a hard game.

"It will be a tough game; they are a really good team," she said.

Fever wing and defence player Mackenzie Dwan agrees it will not be an easy game.

"I have been playing netball for five years and this is the second time I've played on a team that has made the finals," she said.

To Mackenzie the best bit about finals netball is the pressure.

"I am pretty confident we can win though," she said.

But winning is not the only reason Mackenzie enjoys taking to the court each weekend.

"I have really enjoyed meeting all the nice girls and making new friends," she said.

"It is just lots of fun."

The junior B competition will see the Mystics take on Pulse.

Mystics player Holly Naughten said she could not wait to play in her first-ever netball grand final.

"It is going to be a hard competition," the goal keeper said.

"But the best bit is having fun with your friends."

Pulse player Bridie Shooter hopes to put the ball through the net enough times during tomorrow's clash.

"I play shooter and I really like to see the ball go through the net. It gives me a real rush," she said.

"They are a tough team and it will be a hard game, but I hope we win."

Warwick and District Netball Association secretary Linda Bunch said she was impressed with the effort of all the girls involved in this year's junior competition.

"We have had no troubles at all this season," she said.

"All the girls have been playing in the spirit of the game and demonstrating great sportsmanship."

All games will be played at Barnes Park with presentations at 4.15pm.

Grand final draw

2pm: Mystics V Pulse

3pm: Diamonds V Fever



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