Albany fall short in Metro League final

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Albany Netball Association’s team from Friday night’s Metro League grand final.
Camera IconAlbany Netball Association’s team from Friday night’s Metro League grand final.

Albany Netball Association’s Metro League campaign has ended, with a grand final defeat at the hands of Geraldton Waves at the State Netball Centre in Perth on Friday night.

After a terrific run of results, Albany finished the regular rounds with only one loss and met the only other competing region association in the 18 and under division 2 final.

Albany started well to win the opening quarter, but Geraldton hit the front by half-time and from there took control of the contest, claiming the title with a 65-34 win in the end.

Albany coach Jenny Cristinelli said the decision to be part of Netball WA’s pilot program had proven a huge success despite the difficulty the region had had in fielding a strong team for the grand final. “It was really good for the girls to play in a grand final,” Cristinelli said.

“We didn’t win, but we matched the Geraldton team for half a game and ended up losing by a fair margin.

“But with the team we were able to field, we were competitive.

“(With) basketball grand finals in Albany on the same night, we had about eight girls missing, so we had six regular players and two fill-ins.”

Cristinelli said the experience of playing against such a strong opponent would only help their younger players.

“We were up against it but we enjoyed the contest,” she said.

“Geraldton’s team, the majority of them have played WANL standard before.

“We gained a lot from the Metro League and it was a great way to finish for our girls who can now take that back to their A1 teams and members.”

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