Cup hopefuls

Reigning premiers Carisbrook will come up against the only team to give it grief throughout the season when it meets Natte Bealiba in the 2018 senior football grand final this Saturday

Natte claimed its last flag back in 2011, but was the only side to beat a dominant Carisbrook side through- out the 2018 season.

Senior coach Jarrod Bateson said the pressure the Swans bring and their ability to move the footy is what has seen them into the biggest day of the year.

“It’d be an amazing achievement for a fantastic footy club. We’ve got a good mix of youth and experience, so it’d be fantastic if that could all come together and grab a premiership for a really tight group of mates. It’d be an amazing achievement and it’d mean the world to us,” Bateson said.

“We got through the preliminary final pretty unscathed so we should have a full list to pick from which is very good.

Carisbrook’s senior coach Luke Treacy said despite last year’s flag, “every team goes into a grand final with a 50/50 shot”.

“They beat us last time so I’m sure they’ve been feeling pretty confident about what they do and now they’re the team to beat,” Treacy said.

“If you kick four goals, 24 behinds you’re not going to win games of footy so we’ve peppered the goals last week again and probably all year since that day. We learned that they’re a good side and if you allow them to get in first to the footy, you’ll come off second best.

Meanwhile, the best in the local netball business will take to the court this Saturday to determine whether Carisbrook can finally break a 19-year premiership drought or if Trentham will grab its second flag in as many years.

After sitting in first and second place on the ladder all season, it seems fitting that Trentham and Carisbrook should meet in Saturday’s A grade netball grand final.

Reigning premiers, Trentham have an incredible winning streak of 36 games on end after three solid years of netball.

Dominant wing attack and premiership coach, Erin Richardson said Saturday’s grand final is likely  to be a “battle of who makes the least mistakes”.

“Preparations for the weekend are just going to be the usual training and hopefully we get out there and play just like it’s another Saturday,” Richardson said.

Carisbrook coach Emma Rumpff said Saturday’s grand final appearance has been “a long time in the making”.

“We make finals but unfortunately we don’t usually get this far,” Rumpff said.

“Around 2005 was the last time the side made it through to the grand final, but the last time they won was in 1999 so it’s been a long time coming.

“There’s a couple of girls playing with us this Saturday that were in that 1999 final so they’re really keen.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, September 14.

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