The much anticipated River Murray Netball Association A grade grand final had a fired up Imperials side looking to break Mypolonga’s eight-premiership winning streak.
Imperials won the toss and started with the first centre pass but that was quickly intercepted by Mypolonga wing defence Bec Shaw-Fuss and converted by Cass Martin at shooter.
Imps were soon on the board with a goal from Olivia Scholz after a gutsy turnover by wing defence Holly Frazer.
Mypolonga had the early break before Imperials started to control play in the goal ring after a great intercept by wing attack Libby Frazer.
Both teams had their share of goals, but the defensive pressure from Ali Rumbelow and Trudy Holland saw Imperials take a six goal lead at quarter time, 16-10.
Imperials shooter Jenna Daniels scored the first two goals of the second quarter, showing great presence under the ring.
Defence from the Imperials’ midcourt resulted in an intercept by Libby Frazer deep in the centre third, leading to another goal.
Despite heavy pressure by Imperials, Mypolonga were patient and steady with passes going into attack.
Centre Sarah March took a fantastic intercept for Imperials, showing great balance and control on the edge of the goal circle.
An injury late in the quarter to Imperials’ Libby Frazer introduced Chaisely McCardle onto the court at wing attack.
Intercepts to Rumbelow and Holland saw Imperials increase their lead to seven goals at half time, 27-20.
Both teams remained unchanged at the start of the third quarter with Mypo centre Courtney Blacker intercepting the first pass, with Martin scoring the goal.
Imperials quickly responded with a turnover through Scholz.
Great defensive pressure by the Mypo attack line produced a turnover but Imperials again responded, this time with a well-timed running intercept by Rumbelow.
Mypolonga increased their defensive pressure, forcing the Imperial attack to work the ball into their goalers.
The experienced Blacker took another intercept for her side before an injury time-out to Martin.
The two centres had agreat tussle, with March continuing her high work rate to take another intercept on the circle edge.
Holland used her long reach to intercept a Mypolonga throw-in which created another goal for Scholz.
Both teams finished even for the quarter with Imperials maintaining their seven-goal lead, 38-31.
Mypolonga brought Hayley Davids on at keeper who had an immediate impact, with timely intercepts and deflections.
Impatient mistakes by Imperials allowed Mypolonga to close the gap with a run of 6six goals with steady shooting by Kara Bolt.
Mypo goal defence Sheridan O’Brien lifted and took a strong rebound, allowing Mypo to maintain the momentum.
Play late in the quarter saw both teams going goal-for-goal with accurate shooting.
A late match-winning intercept by Scholz saw Imperials hang on to win a long awaited premiership by one goal, 43-42.
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