Falcons get revenge
YARALLA Falcons are the Gladstone Netball Association senior one premiers after a 40-32 win against arch-rivals Valleys Stars.
It's the perfect revenge for Falcons after they were beaten in the 2015 decider.
Gun defender Shelby Whitla was awarded most valuable player in the grand final and the Yaralla Falcon showed aggression and smarts to either harass her opponent off the contest or turn defence into attack.
The victory is Yaralla Falcons' fourth flag in the past seven seasons and third since 2013.
Gladstone Netball Association president Sam Dippel says Falcons deserved the win and that both teams put on a showcase on how netball deciders should be played.
"This year Falcons had a very well-oiled machine," Dippel said.
"Those girls just know how to break down plays and these teams are great to watch."
Goal-shooters Tracey Callis and Katie Turner provided strong focal points for the Stars and Falcons respectively, but Falcons were the more accurate with a 19-15 half-time lead.
The huge crowd which surrounded the main court was enthralled with the contest which was played in perfect conditions.
Tera Rankin produced a superb pass over the Valleys Stars defender and into the safe hands of Turner at the start of the third term.
As typical of a grand final, the ball was worked up and down the court at a frenetic pace and the Falcons' lead was out to six goals during the second quarter.
Meanwhile the senior three grand final was a thriller.
Little Birdies outlasted a determined Knockouts by three goals.
Despite the 23-20 loss, Knockouts' Nina Marsh was the game's most valuable player.
SENIOR RESULTS AND AWARD WINNERS
Yaralla Falcons 40 d Valley Stars 32
MVP Shelby Whitla - Yaralla Falcons
Magic 50 d Valley Galaxy 30
MVP Emma Small - Valley Galaxy
Little Birdies 23 d Knockouts 20
MVP Nina Marsh - Knockouts