Daleys moment in the sun
There were no wild shows of emotion on Saturday after Daleys clinically disposed of Breakaways 34-25 in the Lismore Netball premier division grand final, regaining the title they lost last year.
The unseasonable heat made sure of that, as both teams left the contest completely exhausted.
The Breakaways had done exceptionally well to hold their more fancied rivals, going to the half time break down by only three goals.
Thats when Daleys acting coach Nikki Krause made a tactical change, switching Kristy Durheim to centre and Hayley McAnelly to wing attack. It worked brilliantly as Durheim, who makes the frantically paced game look like a quiet walk around a tree-lined pool, constantly found space and turned the ball over in mid court. Consequently Daleys surged ahead in the third quarter and although the Breakaways fought hard in the last stanza the match had already slipped away.
Krause said both Durheim and McAnelly had excellent games and were the key to setting up Daleys shooters. She also singled out defender Lisa Brown, who blunted the Breakaways attack.
We were pushed in the first half the Breakaways played well, Krause said. But we made some strategic changes and they paid off for us. In the end we did our job and thats what counts.
Breakaways coach Tracey Robinson praised the efforts of attacker Marnie Sironen, wing defence Rene Lowbridge and centre court player Rachelle Watson.
It was a learning experience for us, said Robinson. We stayed in touch and actually closed to within one of Daleys, but our lack of consistency told in the end. Our players are young they will learn from this and we will see what happens next year.