Our Gladstone ATEC Angels show plenty of Harte in epic final
NETBALL: They came. They saw. They conquered.
Gladstone's ATEC Angels open women netball team took all before it to claim the International Netball Festival in Fiji by the narrowest of margins.
After Angels had qualified for the decider with a decisive 24-11 win against Bloom Magic, the Gladstone women, mostly from the Yaralla Falcons, took home the glory with a 17-16 win against Fijian team Shine on Queens.
Experienced centre Melanie Dyball said a move to counter the opposition's height advantage was key.
"We made a strategic move for height and put Sue Tulloch into the wing-attack position and we moved grand final Most Valuable Player Amy Harte into goal-attack with Katie Jacobson as the goal-shooter," she said.
It was goal-for-goal from the first whistle as Sheenz Gilmour and Shelby Whitla held firm in defence with strong rebounds.
The combination of Dyball and Harte proved decisive as Dyball continually fed Harte the ball much like the pair have done over the years for Yaralla Falcons.
"It was a very physical game and the heat was extreme, but in true Falcons and ATEC style, we are such great friends and build each other up and work together so well," Dyball said.
"I have played a lot of netball and in many teams over the years, but these girls and this team has been the highlight of my career. I am so lucky to be part of this team and feel truly grateful they still want this old girl playing with them."