Vikings win premiership in nail-biter

Vikings have won the Port Augusta netball A grade title after a nail-biting win over Railways.

It stung hard when Vikings defeated St Josephs by one goal in the preliminary final.

It was a bruising sting when third-placed Vikings defeated top seeded Railways in the dying minutes to claim the 2021 premiership title.

Railways' powerhouse approach kept Vikings at bay for three quarters.

While the occasion brought the skills it was Railways that had superb lob passes coming from Ammy Singleton to Mikayla Venning in the goal circle to jump start its 6-7 goal lead.

Railways midcourt players Rosie Venning and Abby Whitaker opened avenues to keep the ball flowing.

There was an even height match in the Viking goal circle with Tiana Freeman and Jessie Harris versus defenders Peyton Fuller and Sophie Glamuzina.

Vikings could not win the midcourt turnovers required to reverse Railways monopoly.

Desperation took hold and Vikings playing coach Casey Lukich made a risky decision for the last quarter.

It was like breaking a code.

Rhiannon Ireland went into the circle to match up against Fuller and the move was game changing.

While Ireland was keeping Fuller busy, Jessie Harris bloomed in goal scoring.

Vikings chipped away until the fourth quarter became an exciting goal for goal premiership contest.

Turnovers were achieved as defenders Kym Bishop and Ashleigh McKenna switched roles and unnerved Railways attack.

It was a race against time as Railways was not relinquishing its dream and kept responding to the challenge but Vikings outscored Railways in the last quarter to earn the A grade premiership, 48-47.

B GRADE

St Josephs Blue eased into a 15-9 first quarter only to be blindsided in the second quarter by Vikings Blue 17-11.

The 26-all game at half time turned into one of excitement. St Josephs was reduced to a 39-36 lead at three quarter time.

Strategic midcourt moves gave St Josephs more drive via Chernille Digance, Zara Heritage, Lauren Howell and player of the match Erin Heron to get the ball to goalies Carlie Chapman and Zali O'Dea.

Vikings' goalers Kellie Von Senden and Bianca Reid were testing defenders Libby Harrison and Ella Humphrys.

The mood changed when Von Senden hurt her foot in the last quarter as she was the on court motivational leadership for Vikings.

St Josephs took advantage as Heron spurred the team on to steer St Josephs Blue to a 53-44 premiership win.

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Both St Josephs and Vikings had talented players representing their clubs and at half time the undefeated St Josephs led 19-9.

Vikings were not able to combat the fast court manoeuvers from St Josephs as the flow of play was seamless all the way to goalies Macey Badcock and Taya O'Dea.

There was not much Viking defenders Eliza Ashton and Ella Butler could do against the high percentage of accuracy from the goalies.

With the premiership in sight St Josephs completed the game 33-19.