THE North Ballarat City fairytale continues on the netball court, with the A-grade side pulling off a nailbiting one-goal victory over East Point to advance through to the grand final.
In an extremely physical preliminary final at Eastern Oval on Saturday, North recovered from a nasty looking knee injury to goal shooter Jordyn Bibby in the opening quarter to grind out a 41-40 victory.
The full extent of the damage to Bibby’s knee will not be known until she undergoes scans during the week.
In one of the most memorable Ballarat Football Netball League matches of 2013, it was East Point that appeared in the box seat at the last change, leading by four goals.
But a coaching masterstroke from North City’s Annie McCartin saw Krystal Whitty come onto the court and slot perfectly into centre, while Stacey McCartin moved into wing attack and Louise McCartin took a seat on the bench.
The moved reaped immediate rewards, with the four-goal margin eradicated almost instantly and in fact being completely reversed.
The black and white led by four goals in the dying minutes but the Kangaroos were not done yet.
However the final whistle blew and it was North that advanced into next week’s grand final against Sunbury.
McCartin said the win was the biggest moment she has witnessed in her many years of netball.
“This is the highlight of my career,” she said.
“I was just so proud of the girls to come out and recover from Jordyn’s injury and fight like they did. It was amazing.”
Like the senior footballers, North Ballarat City will now go up against Sunbury in the BFNL grand final next Saturday.