Saturday 16th November was Grand Final day for the Junior Canterbury State League competition. The 3 Division’s that were contested, gave a display of great talent from the 17 and 19 age groups.
Division 6 (17 & Under Division 2), was contested between Tuggeranong and Canberra. Tuggeranong went into the Grand Final as Minor Premiers and an undefeated record for the season. Canberra also had a strong season, with their only losses was to Tuggeranong during the rounds matches and then losing the semi final 25 – 21.
Tuggeranong put on an impressive display supplying their shooters with 11 more attempts at goal than Canberra. However Canberra’s shooting accuracy kept them in the game, and there was only 2 goals between them at 3 quarter time with Tuggeranong holding a slim lead 20 – 18. The final quarter however Tuggeranong proved too strong for Canberra coming away with the Premiership wining 28 – 21.
Division 5 (17 & Under Division 1), was contested between Tuggeranong and South Canberra. Tuggeranong had an undefeated season and winning the Minor Premiership. South Canberra also had a strong season with their only losses to Tuggeranong during the season with both the round games and the semi final match both being closely contested.
The Grand Final did not disappoint with both teams putting on a great display of their netball talents. Tuggeranong started the game strongly, going into the half time break with a 3 goal lead 19 – 16. However South Canberra were not going to give up easily, and with an impressive defensive effort, got them back to even at 3 quarter time 27 goals a piece. The final quarter was an absolute thriller with both teams going goal for goal and the result came down to the final seconds, with Tuggeranong taking out a thriller winning the Grand Final 36 – 35.
Division 4 (19 & Under), was contested between Tuggeranong and Belconnen. Belconnen finished the season as the Minor Premiers, and met Tuggeranong in the semi finals. Tuggeranong were too strong in the semi final advancing into the Grand Final with a 44 – 33 win. Belconnen accounted for Canberra in the final with a 5 goal victory to meet Tuggeranong for a re-match in the Grand Final.
The intensity that both teams played this match was impressive, with neither team wanting to give the other an inch. Tuggeranong had a strong first half going into the break with a 3 goal lead 19 – 15, however Belconnen rallied and although they won the second half by 1 goal, it was not enough to pull back the 3 goal lead, with Tuggeranong taking the Premiership with a 37 – 34 goal win.