Redbacks win B Grade flag

Romsey’s B Grade netball premiers celebrate the win.

Romsey took home the B Grade netball premiership in dramatic fashion with a 43-41 win over Rupertswood in extra time.

It was a tight first quarter with both sides feeling the grand final pressure.

Rupertswood held a two-goal lead, scoring seven goals on 13 shots while Romsey scored five from their 10 attempts.

The pace quickened in the second quarter but Romsey couldn’t close the gap with both sides scoring 10 goals each.

The Redbacks came out of the half-time break firing on all cylinders, outscoring the Sharks 13-7 to hold a 28-24 lead at three-quarter time.

Rupertswood wasn’t going down without a fight, responding with a 11-7 fourth quarter to tie the game at the final siren.

Romsey shooter Hope Evans scored 35 goals in the Redbacks’ win.

Romsey got the better of Rupo in the first of the two extra time periods, shooting a perfect four from four to lead by two goals.

Rupertswood had their opportunities in the second extra time period but could only convert four of their eight shots.

Romsey shooter Hope Evans was dominant, finishing with 35 goals from 42 shots while Alicija Marko Rawlings and Christie Brinkhuis scored six and two goals, respectively.

Romsey’s win marked the first time since 2013 that Rupertswood has failed to win the B Grade premiership.

Romsey player-coach Lauren Anglin was named best on court and said beating Rupertswood got a monkey off the team’s back.

“They’ve beaten us every time they’ve played us this year and we always felt like we had the ability to win but we haven’t quite been able to put out best effort out,” she said.

“I felt like today when it got tough, we stuck at it and kept going and that was fantastic.”

Anglin said experience was one of the key factors in the win.

“There’s six or seven of us that have played A Grade in the last 12 months so that gives us some experience and we are older so that gives us a bit of wisdom, but they’re a fitter team than we are so to win in extra time was really pleasing,” she said.

Romsey player-coach Lauren Anglin was named best on court in the win.

“The pressure we put on meant Kendra Vann took some beautiful intercepts towards the end.

“I think I knew we could score off our centre passes and that’s something we talked about through the finals series.

“It’s so handy having Hope in the goal circle, she shot 95 per cent this year. She’s a stalwart, she puts them up and you back her all the time. It’s just so comforting to have her in there.”

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