Grand contest provides fitting climax to season

2015 ANZ ChampionshipAustralian Conference FinalQueensland Firebirds v NSW SwiftsIt is going to be another enthralling ANZ Championship Grand Final this Sunday in Brisbane.

It appears the Queensland Firebirds will go in as favorites to win its second title, but the NSW Swifts are showing good form on the road of late to indicate it’s shaping as an extremely close contest.

Both teams have an ability to score quickly and heavily, so it will come down to that `attention to detail’ in defensive pressure and who can sustain it for longer that will come out on top.

The respective coaches, Roselee Jencke (Firebirds) and Rob Wright (Swifts) have both been willing to go to their benches and rotate their athletes to search for a winning combination.

They will need to be calm and composed in the heat of the battle on Sunday with just the right amount of competitiveness. It’s not an easy task.

A sell-out crowd at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre will only add to the excitement of the Grand Final.

2015 ANZ Championship Australian Conference Final Queensland Firebirds v NSW SwiftsMost will be supporting the Firebirds, although I’m sure there will be a loud contingent of Swifts supporters making the trek to Brisbane and support their team.

No matter what the result is, both teams should be pleased with their respective seasons and to make it through to the final two. An enormous effort from the athletes, coaches and support staff.

Of course, once the ANZ Championship Grand Final is run and won, the next task is to announce the 12 athletes that will represent the Australian Diamonds at the upcoming Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.

That announcement will take place next Wednesday. It has been a very complex selection process with many factors taken into consideration.

The process continues on Sunday as the national selectors and I observe the performances of the athletes in the Diamonds squad participating in the Grand Final.

However, as has been the case all through the selection process, it is not just down to this one game.

It is a very thorough and lengthy process based on collecting information and observations on past International matches, ANZ Championship games, Diamonds’ training camp performances and all areas that befit a High Performance program such as this.

We will all find out the news on Wednesday, so stay tuned.

I’m really proud of the players and their support for the Confident Girls campaign, which is doing a fantastic job of trying to raise funds to help girls experience the thrill and joy playing netball brings to us.

The Diamonds decided to donate their $2000 prize from last year’s `I Support Women in Sport’ Awards to kick off the fundraising efforts. We’re calling on the netball community to match that donation and help Netball Australia reach its target of raising $100,000 for disadvantaged girls.

I’m looking forward to the ANZ Championship Grand Final – who is your pick?

Go Diamonds!