There is an overwhelming air of positivity around Swifts’ netball program despite a season-ending A Grade loss to Edenhope-Apsley on Sunday.
The Baggies took on the Saints in an elimination final clash in the shed at Rupanyup, with a close contest expected.
Swifts got off to a strong start but mistakes started to prove costly as the Saints took a one-goal lead at the first break.
The wheels fell off for the Baggies in in the next two quarters as the Saints rampaged their way to a 12-goal lead at three-quarter-time.
“I think we just took it a bit too easy after a good start,” Swifts A Grade coach Courtney Morrow said.
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“They were strong body on body and we waited for the whistle a bit rather than continuing to play. We just needed to be a little bit stronger.”
Morrow made some positional changes, throwing Erin Freeland on the court for the final quarter in her return from a broken finger, a move that paid off.
The Baggies stormed home but the deficit was too large, falling short 47-42.
“I think if we had a few extra minutes we would have got them,” Morrow said.
“The girls all kept their heads held high and fought till the end.”
The match was Swifts’ first A Grade final in 15 years. Morrow said despite losing in the first week of finals her side and the club has come a long way.
“It has been great to be where we are considering a few years ago we didn’t even have an A Grade team,” she said.
“We had a great crowd watching us. We really appreciated all the support.”