NORTH Ballarat City has won their first ever A Grade netball premiership with a 49-42 victory over Sunbury in Saturday’s match at the Eastern Oval. North came into the competition in 2008.
It was a close match up until the third quarter when North steamed ahead with a six goal lead and eventual seven goal victory. It was a hard and physical game with a number of players feeling the brunt. Northies coach Annie McCartin said she thought they had the game won in the last quarter. “We stepped up our intensity and our pressure and I felt that the girls knew a win was in sight so they stepped up,” she said. “We were always there but we hadn’t made any ground so I just felt it took us to the last quarter to really apply the pressure that the girls could do.”
McCartin is in her third year as coach of North Ballarat City and said it was a team effort, it always is. “But Stacey McCartin did have to step up in that last bit, that’s who I would have given it to,” Annie said. “They (Sunbury) are a very tough team to play against, very good in the air, a very physical team but I felt we stepped up to it.” Captain Stacey McCartin was awarded the best on court trophy while her sister, Gina, was praised for her work in the goal ring. “She does a stellar job,” Stacey said of Gina. “Sunbury is a physical team but netball in the last couple of years has really stepped up, it’s not so much a non contact sport any more.
“It was a physical game but all in the rule book and played with good sportsmanship, as well, they can play hard but are really nice girls off the court.”