GIANTS Netball officially claimed the Suncorp Super Netball minor premiership with a thrilling xx-xxx victory over West Coast Fever at an empty Nissan Arena, Brisbane.
West Coast Fever continued to work their way back into the game, however, goalers Jo Harten and Sophie Dwyer stood up to stop the Perth side who started the season with a 12 point point deficit on the ladder because of historical salary cap cheated.
The win will instantly go down in netball folklore.
GIANTS went into the match with just eight players after defenders April Brandley and Tilly McDonell were ruled out prior to the match. The club could not access its training partners in COVID-hit Sydney and a local replacement would not have been able to be called up so close to the match.
Player of the Match, GIANTS captain Jo Harten said her side could not prouder.
“This is our fourth state in six weeks, we’ve been in a lot of turmoil, we lost two players today and we’re playing with a squad of eight – we’re missing our family and friends,” she said on Channel 9’s telecast.
“We are so elated to get that win to finish top of the table. It is a reward for the hard work we’ve done this year.
“it is so important. Netball NSW has backed us the whole way… we are dreadfully missing our fans and members and what a reward for them to have a NSW derby [next week].”
Despite everything, GIANTS Netball booked its place against NSW Swifts in what will be one of the biggest derbies on record – a spot in the grand final on offer.
Fever will lick its wounds and back up to face Sunshine Coast Lightning, who lost to NSW Swifts earlier in the day.
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