Bullants blast Jets in Grand Final victory
by Amelia Drew
8th August 2017
In the U13/3 Netball competition, the Serpell Jets were the clear favourites, coming into the finals with a win/lose record of 10–1, compared to the Warrandyte Bullants 6–5.
However, the Bullants had been the victors in the Jets one and only loss of the season, giving the underdogs some needed confidence in the final.
The Jets started the game like the favourites with a 3–1 first quarter, which was repeated in the second quarter only because the Bullants snuck a goal on the half time siren.
It was looking bleak for Warrandyte Bullants at half time but by three quarter time they had the premiership within reach.
Aggressive defence by Scarlett Preston, a lot of hard work through the centre and around goal and accurate shooting from Amber Gedge saw the Bullants mount a solid third quarter comeback, entering the final quarter trailing 10–8.
Both teams fought with everything they had in the final quarter, setting the large crowd on edge.
The Bullants drew level with 90 seconds to go after a see-sawing nine minutes and with both teams playing so well, it was impossible to tell who would win.
The Bullants hit the front with 30 seconds left in the game but the Jets still had a chance to level the scores as they took the ball to the centre restart.
When the Bullants forced the turn over with only seconds left, their last goal proved to be the winner.
As the siren sounded, there were cheers and tears for both sides with the Warrandyte Bullants winning 14–13.