Sonix have won back-to-back Eastern Goldfields Netball Association premier league titles after an “intense” grand final victory against Rookies.
Sonix triumphed 48-43 in the clash at Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre on Friday last week, with centre Phoebe Berndt named player of the match.
Sonix coach Janelle Fleay said the grand final was close all the way, but her players stood up when it counted in the final minutes when the game was on the line.
“They played for each other,” she said.
“Everyone had a good game. Everyone did their job.”
She said both sides played a good standard of netball, and her players had improved their mental approach after their semifinal loss against Rookies on August 31.
Sonix finished first on the ladder after the 14-round qualifying series, but second-placed Rookies defeated them 63-41 in the semifinal.
Fleay said her team had definitely been the best during the season, but the players were not mentally prepared for the August 31 game.
“Rookies had a better attitude, but we rectified this at training,” she said.
“We were totally prepared for the preliminary final and grand final.”
She said goalkeeper Millie James, in her first season of senior netball, had an outstanding season, and goal shooter Sigrid de Vries had been “prolific”.
Fleay said the season triumph had been achieved, despite four players becoming pregnant and one, herself, having a knee reconstruction.
She said a premiership hat-trick next season was a “very realistic” goal, particularly if the core of this year’s group was retained.
Fleay said the standard of Kalgoorlie-Boulder netball remained “fairly strong”, with some brilliant players in the competition.
She said Sonix club membership had grown during the past few years, but overall association numbers were down.
Fleay attributed this to general economic conditions, and the transitory nature of the city’s population, and said attracting more people to live in the Goldfields would help bolster the association’s playing ranks.
The Sonix grand final triumph also means the Fleay household contains two premiership-winning coaches, with husband, Dion, leading Mines Rovers to the Goldfields Football League flag on Saturday.
“We are very happy,” she said.