Trentham has secured its place in the 2018 A grade netball grand final after a hard fought preliminary final win over Harcourt on Saturday.
The Saints were expected free reign over the Lions as they had handed Harcourt a substantial 28 goal-loss during the season.
Harcourt defender Chelsey Williams was paired up against Saints coach Erin Richardson in the midcourt for the first quarter and she took every opportunity to stop Richardson’s play.
This ferocious defence landed Williams a first warning from the umpires that hung over her head for the rest of the match.
Trentham took an early lead despite an out of character low shooting percentage in its goals, sitting six goals ahead by quarter time.
The Saints left their key defender Tamsyn Dicker on the bench for the first half of the match, instead filling her ring position with midcourter Peggy Shellard.
To have Shellard in the ring was only a plus for the Saints, who managed to maintain their six-goal lead in the second despite the Lions adding 10 goals to their total.
Trentham’s best set up entered the court in the third quarter, Shellard returned to midcourt to shut down Harcourt’s Tayla Williams and Dicker slotted into defence.
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