Lions out to avenge last year’s defeat

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The pain of losing last year’s grand final has Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault more motivated than ever ahead of tonight’s decider, according to coach Aroha Tamatea.

The Lions will battle Busselton in the South West Netball-Football League grand final from 8pm at the Eaton Recreation Centre in what is expected to be a cracking contest, just two weeks after they met in the semi-final.

Tamatea said a lot of the players were still hurting from last year’s grand final loss to Bunbury and were motivated to avenge it.

“This is about unfinished business,” she said.

“We had a lot of injuries last year and nearly half our side was made up of reserves.

“This year we have had a consistent line-up for most of the year.”

Tamatea said she expected the game to be tight for the entire four quarters.

“Looking at both teams, we are evenly matched in skill and experience,” she said.

“But I feel like as a unit we have finally found some composure.

“We have a lot of depth in our mid-court, but our defence won us the game last time.”

Tamatea said defender Kate Fielding would be tasked with the difficult job of curbing Magpies shooter Maia Bratton.

“I am hoping to play Kate on her as she has plenty of experience,” she said.

“I see Kate as a game-changer and feel I can call on her to do that.

“She also has plenty of support around her.”

Busselton coach Erin Culnane said it was the first time in 10 years the Magpies had made the grand final.

“We are happy to have gone this far and hope to go one better,” she said.

Culnane said the strength of her team was in its versatility and she hoped that would help them grab the win.

“I am feeling like we have finally found our feet as a team and have our mojo,” she said.

“We need to show persistence and play good, honest netball if we are to win.”

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