Jesters no joke
Wednesday, 7th December, 2011
By John Casey
She has been at the forefront of BH netball for 30 years and tonight Rosemary Anderson hopes to farewell the A Grade competition with another premiership success with Jesters.
Rosemary and her teammates will take on arch rivals Outback Pharmacies in the highlight of Grand Final night at O’Neill Park, which includes presentations for teams from Under-9 to A Grade.
While Jesters and Outback Pharmacies have clashed regularly in recent years to decide the A Grade pennant, tonight’s meeting is surprisingly just the second of the season between the two teams.
Jesters eked out a 22-18 victory in the semi-final against Outback Pharmacies, but using her experience and guile, Rosemary was quick to try and put the pressure of premiership favouritism on her rivals.
“We’ve had an interrupted season with players out injured and others unavailable due to work commitments, so Outback Pharmacies are definitely the favourites for the title,” Rosemary said with a smile.
Opposing captain Marcia Millsteed countered; “We haven’t been able to get our best team together regularly and Jesters prevailed in the semi, so I think that should make them the team to beat.
“We have always had close contests whenever we play and there is a great camaraderie among the girls, so I’m sure we will share a laugh after the match no matter the result,” Marcia added.
Centre court player Sarah Magill is considered a key to the result as she was awarded the Player of the Match trophy in last year’s Grand Final despite being on the losing team with Outback Pharmacies.
Magill’s immediate opponent, Jackie Allen, will need to be at her best if Jesters are to send Rosemary out on a winning note.
“The final really is going to be a battle of speed and tactics and we need to try and dictate the game on our terms,” Rosemary said.
“We need to keep calm and play at our speed and not be competing on Outback Pharmacies’ terms.”
Marcia predicted that direct passing was an area that her team would use to try and gain the upper hand.
“Making space and creating passing options for your teammates will be important,” Marcia added.
“The first five minutes can make or break the game as well, and at the beginning of each quarter we talk about mentally starting the scoreboard at 0-0 to make sure we remain focused.”
Rosemary also pointed out that tonight’s weather conditions could be a factor in deciding the outcome.
“Being outdoors, the wind can present problems for the shooters and whoever adjusts the quickest will give their team an edge,” Rosemary predicted.
Outback Pharmacies Lyndsay Kubiak is considered one of the best shooters in the city and looms as a game breaker in the decider.
“If she has her eye in she rarely misses and she was on fire in the preliminary final, so we hope that form continues,” Marcia said.
“But every game we have played against Jesters has gone down to the wire and I’m expecting that will be the case again in the Grand Final with a very slim margin separating the teams at the final bell.”