Monday, 24 June 2013

Grand Final Preview: Monash Magic v Yarra Jets Under 17s

Tuesday ‘Garleigh Trophy Centre’ Autumn Competition – Premier League Section 3
Tuesday, June 25; Waverley Netball Centre, Court 4 – 8pm

Magic: 1st (14-2, 155.7%), Yarra Jets: 2nd (13-3, 132.4%)

Semi Final 1: Monash Magic 63 def. Tricksters 37
Semi Final 2: Yarra Jets Under 17s 53 def. RREJECTS 41

Magic – WWWWW, Yarra Jets WWWLW

April 26, 2013 (Round 4): Magic 60 def. Yarra Jets 31
May 14, 2013 (Round 13): Magic 42 def. by Yarra Jets 55

Monash’s youngest side, the Magic are just one win away from being crowned champions of the ‘Garleigh Trophy Centre’ Autumn Competition.

The Melissa Ahearn-coached side will take its place in the Grand Final against the second-placed Yarra Jets Under 17s after 14 wins from their 16 matches saw them finish comfortably on top of the ladder at season’s end.

A commanding 27-goal victory over the fourth-placed Tricksters in the first semi-final saw them book their place in the final last week.

Their dominance comes off the back of being the best defensive team, conceding just a remarkable 36 points per game.

Regularly putting on 60-plus goals in each of their outings this season they face, the best attacking side in the competition in the Jets who themselves have come off an intriguing 12-goal win to advance to the Grand Final.

The Jets can take great confidence in taking the chocolates last time the two clubs met, edging out Monash to inflict just their second defeat of the season.

That last loss, coming in Round 13, clearly spurred on the Monash girls as they went on to win their next six matches by an average of 21 goals.

Speaking to the night before her side’s big clash, Ahearn said all that needed to be done, had been done.

“Our long-term goal was the grand final and we made it,” Ahearn said.

“We’ve got one more hurdle and that just means that we need to sharpen our focus areas, which is nothing different from what we’ve done all year.”

“The other teams really stepped up from the start of the season, which made the challenge harder.”

“I’m fortunate that the girls have also simultaneously stepped up and being really competitive.”

The match starts at 8pm this Tuesday night.

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