Women finally state champions

COFFS HARBOUR’S women’s State League team can finally call itself the state champions.

For the fourth straight year the Suns had reached the final four teams in NSW, but on the three previous attempts the girls fell agonisingly short of the ultimate prize.

This year was a different story, though.

The women finished off a fantastic season in style in Newcastle by first defeating Queanbeyan in the semi- final by three points before overcoming Dubbo in overtime to win the grand final.

Dubbo was a more experienced side and the Suns were down by as much as 11 points but showed true grit and determination to get back into the game.

With only six seconds to go, grand final MVP Siarn Woods hit a massive three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

In extra time the Suns’ fitness ran over the top of the fading Dubbo and the came away with a convincing 11-point victory. Coach Connie Woods has done a fantastic job with this team and was thrilled at the post match celebrations.

“I can’t stop smiling I am still in disbelief,” Woods said.

The team was extremely well led by captain Bonnie Kuchel who had a fantastic season and finals series.

In more good news for the team, Aimee Durbidge was named Most Valuable Player of the Women’s State League as well as making it into the All-Star Five.

Meanwhile, the Hoey Moey Youth men fell short in the semi-final to the eventual champions, Manly, 88-73. I was extremely proud of the boys’ effort and improvement throughout the season and am excited about the future.

This weekend, Coffs Harbour’s under-18 girls will travel to Bankstown to compete in the final four of the state final.

The girls will be competing against Manly, Sydney and Illawarra. With some promising results in the last round the girls are confident going into this weekend.

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