Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

ATW Goes for Gold Again; Blazers Keen to Upset Hot Favourites in Bundy Netball Grand Final

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

ATW Goes for Gold Again; Blazers Keen to Upset Hot Favourites in Bundy Netball Grand Final

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Byline: Vince Habermann

NETBALL: Across The Waves Gold will be chasing its sixth Bundaberg Division 1 premiership in the past seven seasons when it take on Blazers in the grand final at Shalom College tomorrow.

They will also be hot favourites after not losing a premiership match this year and being comfortable winners over their opponents the three times they have met them, the most recent being in the major semi-final a fortnight ago when they triumphed 45-35.

But Gold's master coach Sandy Baker, who has been at the helm of the club since it was formed, including being captain/coach in their maiden top grade title 10 years ago, is taking nothing for granted.

Young Blazers captain/coach Kisstee Corrigan concedes they are underdogs, but she is hopeful of causing an upset after going down to the aGolden Girlsa in last year's decider.

ATW Gold has a perfect blend of youth and experience, with the team headed by captain Sharyn Batt and Natasha Cross, who are the only other survivors from their first champion side of 2001.

But Batt did not play in that grand final as she was heavily pregnant at the time with her youngest child.

They have several Wide Bay Thundercats representatives, including newly crowned State League Most Valuable Player Donita Stains and Carly McCann.

Baker said they have just one change to last year's winning team after young gun Meg Bowmaker was promoted into the side this season, and she is avery happya with their preparation.

aThere are no injuries and the girls are fit and ready to play, and I'm confident because I know how well they play a they always give 100%, they really love the game and they play the ball,a Baker said.

aBut finals are funny. You never know what will happen and you can't ever predict a final, but if they are focused on the day and perform well, they should win it. …

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