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University student, studying communications. Passionate about everything sport related and lover of an underdog/comeback story. Dream of travelling to the big events - AFL Grand Final, Olympics, Super Bowl etc. Mad supporter of Port Adelaide FC.

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The Sunshine Coast Lightning have gone back-to-back in the Suncorp Super Netball grand final, defeating the West Coast Fever by three goals.

In front of 13,722 fans at the Perth Arena, West Coast Fever couldn’t quite complete their fairy tale rise up the ladder with a premiership.

Lightning shooter Caitlin Bassett was the Player of the Match.

It was a tight, physical start to the game, neither team looked too nervous as few errors were made in the first term.

Steph Wood left the court with what appeared to be a sore back, after colliding with the goal-post.

She was strapped up, given some pain-killers and returned in the second quarter to resume her goal attack position.

The sides couldn’t be split at the first break, the score 14-all.

In the second, the Fever took control of the game, Courtney Bruce getting touches on everything in defence and Verity Charles feeding beautifully into shooter Jhaniele Fowler.

West Coast extended their lead to as much as seven goals in the second term, but the last three goals went the way of the Lightning and they pulled the deficit to just three goals at the long break.

The Sunshine Coast Lightning came out in the third all guns blazing; they stepped up their game, got Steph Wood involved in the play and had a six-goal turn-around.

Again, the Fever tired in the last two minutes of the quarter and the Lightning scored quickly to hold a three-goal advantage at the final change.

The fourth quarter had more lead changes and momentum swings, the Fever fought their way back in front with less than five minutes to go, but couldn’t hold on, as the Lightning kicked into another gear.

With one minute to go it was all decided, a late turnover created an opportunity for the Sunshine Coast and they put it through.

The Sunshine Coast Lighting are back-to-back champions of the two-year-old Suncorp Super Netball competition.

It is truly an incredible effort; a complete team, well coached by Noeline Taurua, came from fourth on the ladder to win the premiership.

Courtney Bruce’s battle with Lightning shooter Caitlin Bassett was mesmerising to watch. Bruce fought hard all day for intercepts and deflections, but Bassett was steady under the goal post for the Sunshine Coast.

Fever shooter Jhaniele Fowler had the better of Geva Mentor for most of the day, but Lightning captain Mentor took it upon herself in the second half to win the game for her team, deflecting and taking away space from the Fever attackers.

Sunshine Coast had a slow start to their second season, but came home flying. Seven wins to end the year, resulting in the premiership.

The West Coast Fever ladies can hold their heads high, a huge turnaround this season after a second-last finish in 2017.

In their first grand final appearance they couldn’t quite get the job done, but plenty more Super Netball finals ahead for this Fever side.

Final Score
Fever 59
Lightning 62

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

They scrapped their way into finals, won three in a row away from home to get to the champs. Brilliant effort by the Lightning.

Fever sensational all year, just missed out today in front of 13,722 fans at the Perth Arena.

Fever 59
Lightning 62

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Great performance by the Lightning in this one, two in a row for the Sunshine Coast girls.

Formed just two years ago, they’re the most successful start up club in Aussie national sport.

FINAL SCORE:
Fever 59
Lightning 62

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Back to back champs in 30 seconds….

Fever 59
Lightning 62

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

No contact called against Mentor, now the Lightning will run away with it here.

Fever 59
Lightning 61

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

1:30 on the clock.

Fever 59
Lightning 61

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

McAuliffe with a second caution. Fowler scores.

Fever 59
Lightning 60

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Bassett scores again.

Fever 58
Lightning 60

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Lightning patient, 2:20 on the clock…

Fever 58
Lightning 59

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Huge two minutes, now the Fever have a really tough 3 minutes ahead. Need to get an intercept.

Fever 57
Lightning 59

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Bassett scores and the Lightning take the lead.

Fever 57
Lightning 58

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Medhurst overcooks the pass into Fowler, Lightning with a chance now.

Fever 57
Lightning 57

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Anstieß tumbles, but gets called for contact. Wood scores, all square again. 4:00 on the clock.

Fever 57
Lightning 57

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

This is too intense, we knew it would be close, but this could be pure luck….

Fever 57
Lightning 56

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Fowler scores, things getting heated out there, players getting tired.

Fever 56
Lightning 55

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Fever get the turnover they need, Fowler levels things.

Fever 55
Lightning 55

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Great feed from Charles to Fowler.

Fever 54
Lightning 55

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Lightning by one, as Fowler sinks another for the Fever.

Fever 53
Lightning 54

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Lightning ease it down, then go across the transverse line… they find Bassett and the Lightning use their pass.

Fever 52
Lightning 53

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

8:24 left on the clock in this grand final.

Fever 52
Lightning 53

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Lightning call a time out, they look for a small break in the final term.

Fever 52
Lightning 53

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Bassett scores again.

Fever 51
Lightning 53

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Lightning steady through Bassett.

Fever 50
Lightning 52

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Crowd getting into this one now.

Fever 50
Lightning 51

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog

Here they come, Fever score, have the next centre.

Fever 49
Lightning 51

West Coast Fever vs Sunshine Coast Lightning: Super Netball Grand Final live scores, blog