Defending champions Corinaldi Avenue successfully defended their INSPORTS Primary Under-12 netball title following a contentious 9-4 victory over Albion in the championship game played Thursday, December 1, at Irwin High School.
In a bruising showdown, Corinaldi led all the way and restricted their first-time opponents to just a goal in each of the four quarters as they strolled to yet another title under the watch of influential coach, Omroy Kerr.
After falling behind in the opening minute, Corinaldi took charge of the encounter and took a 3-1 lead after the opening 10 minutes.
The pink and navy blue-clad unit then added three more goals in the second quarter to go into the halftime break 6-2 ahead.
Albion provided a few moments of question and had some interceptions. They held their opponents to a solitary goal in the third and penultimate quarter, the first by any team in the competition.
As both teams questioned the umpires’ calls, the match petered out as both teams laboured to a combined three goals to close out the less-than-classic encounter. Kerr, despite being bitterly disappointed with the showing, was satisfied with achieving yet another netball title….
“This was one of the hardest titles we (Corinaldi) have ever won. It wasn’t the best team we have ever assembled, but the players fought, and we came out champions, and that’s a big deal. We love winning titles at the home of champions”. Corinaldi will now prepare for representation at the Western level starting in January.
Meanwhile, unfancied Irwin claimed third place after beating their more stellar opponents Howard Cooke 8-6.