It’s one of those grand final tales.
Wagga Tigers star Ella Finemore turned in a match-winning performance to lead her side to A Grade premiership glory against Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Sunday.
Finemore was named best-on-court in the 48-36 win. And there was a twist.
““Oh, amazing, she’s actually got a broken wrist at the moment,” Tigers coach, Meg Farmer, said as her team’s celebrations went into overdrive.
“Fair dinkum. And to go out there and play like she did – both ends as good as she did – that’s what you want.”
Finemore played a key role in defence early as Tigers took control against the only side that had beaten them this year – twice in the home-and-away rounds.
But having overcome the Demons in the second semi-final, Tigers appeared to have their measure at the right end of the season, and by half-time were out to an eight-goal lead.
“The first 15 minutes really set us up and set the tone for the rest of the game,” Farmer said. “The girls played good, controlled netball with really intelligent decisions I think.”
Finemore was switched to attack in the second half as the versatile Tigers looked to press home their advantage and Bridget Webster took over from Kate Bell at goal keeper in the final term to ensure fresh legs at the finish.
With Rachael Addison playing her usual consistent game, Tigers closed out a comfortable 12-goal victory.
“Rachael’s been consistently good, she’s a level head and under pressure she’ll stand up and win you games,” Farmer said.
“Her physicality and her mental strength are definitely an advantage there and I think (shooter) Lana Duffy – at her age, she’s been consistent, she’s never flustered and she’ll just shoot from anywhere.”
Farmer said the job of coaching Tigers this year came about through coincidence. She paid tribute to her players for their professional approach throughout the season and said she was just rapt that they’d timed their run to perfection.
“I think we did – we definitely had a plan to work toward that in terms of hitting our straps,” Farmer said.
“It took us a while to play good games but not rest on our laurels. We were still winning games but sometimes we weren’t winning them well.”
“This is what you work for all season and this makes it all worthwhile. I’m relieved, excited and very proud.”
Tigers also took out the A Reserve title with a 48-21 win over Turvey Park. Grace Cornell was best-on-court.
Collingullie-GP enjoyed an exciting 28-26 win over Tigers in B Grade (with Katie Telford best-on-court) while Molly Dale starred in Leeton-Whitton’s C Grade win over Turvey Park.