The MCDFNL’s 2017 season will see a club that has never tasted premiership glory at an A grade netball level finally be crowned premiers after Trentham and Maryborough Rovers both gained entry to the season decider with narrow wins in the weekend’s preliminary finals.
Maryborough Rovers, a club that has only two senior grade netball premierships, B grade 2009 and 1997, to its name and has never contested an A grade grand final in the competition’s 30-year existence, booked its ticket in the season decider with a come-from-behind three-goal win over Avoca on Sunday.
Rovers were forced to work the entire four quarters for a 47-44 victory over the Bulldogs, not taking the ascendency until the final quarter.
In Saturday’s preliminary final, Trentham took all the necessary steps to atone for its grand final defeat of last season, making its way to another premiership decider with a 47-40 win over Carisbrook.
After the opening half of the game it looked as though the Saints were working their way to another comprehensive victory with the scores sitting at 24-19 at the main break.
However Carisbrook, led by Sherriden Byrne, showed the fighting spirit that has seen the Redbacks claim gritty one-goal wins in both the elimination and semi finals in the third quarter, outscoring Trentham 11 goals to nine to pull the margin back to three goals at the final break.
Trentham, however, regained its composure in the final term, ensuring its unbeaten season will continue through to Saturday’s grand final with a 14-goal effort enough to cover Carisbrook’s 10 goals.
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