Falcons to renew rivalry with Owls for finals
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
YARALLA Dynamic Falcons stormed into next week's Gladstone Netball Association grand final with a convincing 47-24 victory over club-mates Owls in Tuesday night's division one qualifying final.
The Falcons will renew their rivalry with reigning champions Valley Stars who outgunned the Yaralla outfit in last year's decider and in their semi-final clash last week.
Falcons coach Tracey Davis said her side had to overcome strong early resistance from the young Owls side before putting their opponents away in the second half.
Falcons led only 10-8 after the opening quarter and 18-13 at haltime before pulling away from the Owls.
'We went goal for goal in the first quarter before Owls' shots started dropping off,' she said.
'One of my sayings is 'if we control the ball, we control the score' and that's what we did.
'Owls are not a team we take lightly because there's a lot of talented kids in their side, but our experience wins out against them.'
Owls coach Dawn Betts agreed experience was the key factor separating the two sides.
'My girls played brilliantly ... but experience let them down,'' she said. 'They haven't learnt to play as hard as Falcons.
'But I'm very proud of where they got to (third) and, from keeper to subs, everyone went out and played to the best of their ability.
'If this team stays together next year, the other sides would want to watch out.'
Falcons shooters learnt their lesson from the week before when goals went begging against Stars.
This time, Megan Jahnes, Natalie Peut and Helen Sherwood were on target and are primed for a big performance against Stars.
Peut also played strongly when moved to wing defence for the first time while Angela Mills was again solid in defence.
Zoe Auty was outstanding in defence for Owls while teammates Keisha Street, Sam Dippel and Kristen Cubis also played strongly.
Next Tuesday's grand final will be played at Memorial Park at 7pm. The first matches will get under way at 5.30pm.