WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Daily Examiner open netball winners McAuley Catholic College. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Daily Examiner open netball winners McAuley Catholic College. Photo: Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Heartbreak for South High as McAuley finishes on top

McAULEY Catholic College open team snatched the title of the region's top netball school from South Grafton High with a 43-41 win.

A team huddle at the start of the fourth quarter did the trick for the McAuley Catholic College opens netball team.

Down by two goals, McAuley had never had the lead in their Daily Examiner Netball Challenge final against South Grafton High on Wednesday night.

McAuley goal defence and Player of the Series Ashley Warby said the players made a pact with each other to hold their nerve and play for each other until the end.

"It gave us the chance to clear our heads and get positive for the final quarter," Warby said.

The game was in the balance until the final seconds when Lisa O'Donohue grabbed an intercept that McAuley converted to go two goals ahead.

South High coach Sarah Reece said the loss was especially sad for the year 12 students in the team, who had lost the chance for a DEX Netball title.

"They played really well," Reece said.

GRAFTON High produced a brave fightback to take the Years 9/10 title in DEX Shield Netball.

Trailing McAuley Catholic College by five points at half-time, Grafton tightened the screws in the second half. Inspired by intercepts from Mikayla O'Mahony and Player of the Final Katisha Meaney, Grafton brought the deficit back to within two at three-quarter time before winning taking out the match 33-30.

"They've had trouble finishing, but this time really powered homein the fourth quarter," Grafton High coach and tournament organiser Julie Stringer said.

  • PERHAPS the most impressive performance of the entire DEX Netball Shield series was that of Clarence Valley Anglican School's Year 7/8 side.

CVAS convincingly won through the round matches before cruising to a 43-23 win over South Grafton High in the final.

Incredibly, it was the first time CVAS has won a DEX Netball Shield.

"We'd never even got to the finals before so it's really fantastic for such a small school," CVAS coach Natalie Jenkins said.

Player of the Final was CVAS goal shooter Lyteeka Currie.