Coffs takes home netball title
“THERE were tears of joy all around”, was how coach of Coffs Harbour’s Premier League netball team, Kylie Graham, described the emotion among the team after the final whistle of Saturday’s grand final against Hastings Valley.
In wet conditions the Coffs Harbour team showed plenty of courage to rein in a concerning deficit by scoring five goals in the final two minutes to win a thriller 38-35.
Graham was thrilled with the ability of her players to dig deep when facing the possibility of defeat and wrest momentum back their way to grab the title.
“We were down going into the last quarter and I told the team that 15 minutes of go-hard netball and you will finish first across the line, and they did,” she said.
“They played their game and they just took control.
“In that last two minutes Port had no answer. We went bang, bang, bang, bang, bang and that was it.”
The wet conditions meant that neither side were able to play their usual fast-paced style but Coffs Harbour appeared to adapt to the slippery surface and ball a bit better than its opponent.
“It was wet so we had to have short passes all the way down the court,” the coach explained.
“I looked at our centre Lynn (Godson) and told her to settle it down and she just took control and was telling everyone to come to her and she did an amazing job.”
Another factor in the victory was the incredible home-town support that witnessed the clash.
“Both sides of the court were jam-packed,” Graham said.
“When Port made their speech during the presentation afterwards the Port person said the crowd was absolutely amazing and it was because to get that many people there in that weather was awesome.”
Already the team is looking towards winning back-to-back titles in 2011.
Before celebrations reached top gear on Saturday night Graham made sure she knew who was on board for next year.
“Every one of them put both hands up,” she said.