Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

COLTS DOWN CRIMSON; Thrilling Semi-Final Win Sets Up Decider against Bluebirds Hawks

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

COLTS DOWN CRIMSON; Thrilling Semi-Final Win Sets Up Decider against Bluebirds Hawks

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Byline: Alan Kennedy Alan.Kennedy@capnews.com.au

NETBALL: It was a thriller but in the end Colts will face Bluebirds Hawks in tomorrow night's A-grade netball grand final at Jardine Park.

Brothers Crimson and Colts went head to head on Wednesday night and at the end of three-quarter time the smart money would've been placed on Brothers as they led by eight goals.

But back soared the Colts team to snatch the lead and win an extraordinary match by 47-46.

It was a game of fluctuating fortunes as Colts began strongly to be ahead after the opening quarter and then Brothers clawed their way back to within three goals by the break. But then Colts suffered an amazing 11-goal turnaround in the third and yet still came away a winner.

The win sums up this Colts team as throughout the season the talented side has had massive variations in form which has also happened during matches in which the team has had to draw on all its spirit to power home when the cause had looked lost.

"It was a pretty intense match," Colts star Kahlee Saunders said.

"I think we just switched off (third quarter) while they had quite a run."

Saunders said during that third quarter, Colts had difficulty creating a turnover and those they managed they failed to convert.

"It was not the fault of any one player," she added.

"We had to make changes as things were just not working."

Renee Iddles was moved back into goalkeeper and at the other end of the court an even more telling alteration was made.

"We moved Anna Reeve to goal shooter, it made us far quicker around the shooting circle," she said.

"It worked well for us, she was brilliant and her accuracy was top notch."

Another reason for Colts Cycoming back from the dead' was remaining cool and getting back to the way they had played in the first half. …

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