ON THE BALL: Ruby Strange enjoyed the win in the J1 final played by Valleys Jades and Yaralla Wrens.
ON THE BALL: Ruby Strange enjoyed the win in the J1 final played by Valleys Jades and Yaralla Wrens. Mike Richards

Netball: Ruby’s team change not too Strange at all

RUBY Strange moved from a Yaralla netball team at the start of the year to play with her friends at Valleys, and then ended up in a different team anyway.

Initially, she was disappointed not to be playing with her mates.

But her season quickly proved nothing to worry about, the 12-year-old fitting in and making new friends and also picking up wins.

In the end, the move proved to be the right one, her Valleys Jades team winning the grand final.

It was Ruby's first premiership, and she won it against her old club.

"It was a tough game, they have great attack and defence," she said.

"It feels awesome, I didn't really expect to win - it was just how we played on the day."

A big second half from Ruby and her Jades team clinched the match, 17-10.

At the same time on a different court, Ruby's sister Demi won her grand final narrowly.

There was another sister combination going on in the Valleys Jades and Valleys Emeralds, with Madison and Dayna Sharpe also winning premierships alongside the Strange girls.

While Ruby and Madison's team had split wins with the Yaralla opponents during the year, Dayna said winning her grand final was a big surprise.

"We have played them two times and lost both times," she said.

"It was pretty good, I didn't expect it that is for sure."

Both girls said they would certainly return to Valleys after the premiership wins, already looking forward to next year.

Dayna also has another competition which she is itching to see again when 2016 arrives.

"I play in Boyne Island as well, so I play twice a week, but I didn't make the grand final in that one," Dayna said.


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