NINETEEN straight wins this year will mean little for Springbank if it cannot jump the final hurdle and take out its second Central Highlands Netball League A-grade title in a row tomorrow.
The Tigers have gone through the season undefeated, including a qualifying final and home-and-away victory over Dunnstown.
The club has been a powerhouse not just in the A-grade division this year, but across the board.
Five out of the six Springbank sides will be in the grand final tomorrow – A, B and C grades and the 17-and-under and 15-and-under grades.
First-year coach Garth Kydd, who shares the helm with wife Cynna, admitted there was a sense of pressure, which was only natural when a team went through to the grand final undefeated.
“Anything can happen in the finals. Obviously there’s a bit of pressure on our girls having gone undefeated and also having won it last year, but that’s not from Cynna and I, that’s put on themselves,” he said. “The top four has been pretty close all year, we even said last week that we thought Dunnstown would be the dark horses to make it through to the grand final; we’ve thought that from the get-go.”
Wary the Towners will be out to poach his Tigers, Kydd said he was comfortable with his side positioned as the hunted.
“I suppose we’ve been hunted in terms of people wanting to take us on, but it’s so hotly contested that I don’t think it really makes a difference who is in there, someone is going to be hunting someone else,” he said. “It will be a massive day for the club, it’s important to get as many people there as possible.
“It’s important for the old heads who have been there a long time and have seen it develop and for us, having the juniors there means the future is pretty promising at the moment.
“With the footballers not being in the finals, I’m hoping we will get a few of them along as well.
“This is a good venue where you can get a few people along.”
Having represented Australia and Victoria in netball, Kydd said a return to Ballarat was reaping massive rewards.
“I’ve loved Central Highlands. It’s so family oriented, there is no animosity off the court. On the court there is white line fever, but off the court everyone chats and gets along really well.
“Whatever happens on Saturday, we will shake each other’s hand at the end of the day and say ‘well done’.”