Netball final promises a thriller

The Riddell v Macedon A Grade match ended in an extra-time thriller.

What a feast of netball in the four Riddell League grand finals at Romsey this Sunday.

The A-grade contest between Woodend-Hesket and Riddell promises to be a thriller, with the Hawks chasing their first-ever A-grade premiership.

In the semi-final, Woodend-Hesket downed the Bombers by four goals, after coming from behind to topple Macedon by a goal in the qualifying final.

Then the knockout preliminary final between Macedon and Riddell ended up in extra time on Saturday after the Cats seemingly held a winning lead very late in the game.

Riddell poured on the pressure and won 55-49, with coach Beck Anstey understandably elated with the never-say-die performance and the Cats disappointed with the late change in fortune.

Woodend-Hesket playing coach Meg Grbac had great belief in her side’s ability and flexibility, and the benefit of playing in a grand final last season may help settle the nerves.

Riddell has three teams chasing premierships on Sunday.

The netball finals begin at Romsey at 9.30am, with the strong Western Rams taking on Riddell after the Bombers accounted for Wallan 27-18 on Saturday.

In a B-grade thriller, Riddell surged late to tip out Diggers Rest 38-38, and now face a strong Macedon combination.

The C-grade grand final is between Macedon and Western Rams, with the Rams eliminating Riddell 28-17 on Saturday.