West Coast Warriors score double win in netball finals

West Coast Warriors men's team. Pictures: Netball WA
West Coast Warriors men's team. Pictures: Netball WA

WEST Coast Warriors Netball Club celebrated two wins in the WA Netball league finals on September 20.

Three teams from the club qualified for the September 20 finals, held at the Gold Netball Centre in Jolimont, facing Western Roar teams in the league, 20U and men’s competitions.

Warriors president Trish Robinson said the open and men’s teams were named minor premiers and went straight through to the grand final, while the 20U team won the preliminary finals to get there.

“The league team dropped only one game all season, so while considered the underdogs at the start of the season, had had a fantastic run into the finals,” she said.

“They were 16 up at three quarter time and coach Lorraine Ward rewarded the bench players court time in the last five minutes, with the final score being 74-65.

“This makes three premierships in four years for the league team and we are extremely proud of that result.

West Coast Warriors open team.

“The men were the reigning premiers from 2018, which was the first time the division had been included in the competition since the early 2000s, so they were keen to make it back-to-back wins and did so with a cliff-hanger of a game, winning by just one goal, 47-46.

“Four of the Warriors men had been part of the original men’s competition when it was trialled in the early 2000s.

“While they were nicknamed ‘The Granddads’ by other teams when our team was announced at the start of the year, their experience and knowledge was invaluable all season and nicely balanced the young athletes coming through.

“The 20U team put up a great fight but were beaten on the night to go down 45-50.”