Port City Power on way to winning the final.
Port City Power on way to winning the final. Chrissy Harris

Gladstone powers home

BACK-to-back flags are now swinging from the Kev Broome Stadium rafters.

The Port City Power waved aside the Northside Wizards on Saturday night, weaving their own brand of magic as they’ve done all season.

It was a sweet 17-point victory for the Gladstone outfit, who had its heart set on winning the final at home since last year’s win in Townsville.

Diana Neves, coach Jessica Bibby, Katie Rose, skipper Natalie Hurst and Rebecca Haynes opened the game for the Power.

In an entertaining start, the teams hit the floor running, and Northside were taking it right up to the Power.

A mini-run by the Power saw them skip out to an eight-point lead before it was pegged back to four at quarter time. This stretched to eight by the main break.

But in the end, it was another dose of HBH – Hurst, Bibby, Haynes – that hurt the opposition, as it did often during the QBL season.

Haynes was simply awesome, and duly took out the player of the game award. Her stats said it all: 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks a towering all-round effort.

Hurst finished with 26 points and Bibby 24, 15 from behind the three-point arc.

Northside put up a stout performance without Megan Michael, who injured her ankle the night before in the win over the Townsville Flames.

Katie Harris and Kristen Rasmussen were standouts for Northside, Rasmussen the leading rebounder on the court.

The Power chant went up from the crowd with just over two minutes to play in the match, and the younger brigade came on to wind down the clock and soak in the atmosphere.

Hurst said the win was for the passionate home crowd.

But in the end, it was another dose of HBH – Hurst, Bibby, Haynes – that hurt the opposition.



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