LBU youngsters dreaming of perfect ending

By Brayden May

IF LOCKINGTON-BAMAWM United's under 15 netballers are to taste the ultimate glory on Saturday, they'll have to stick together just as they have all season.

From the first training session in pre-season, coach Stacy Bacon has continued to tell her players about the importance of building relationships on and off the court.

And it has proven pivotal in her side's journey to the Heathcote District League grand final against Elmore.

"Our biggest focus this year has been playing for the person next to you," Bacon said.

"You aren't going to love everyone on your team, but it's important to enjoy playing together and I think that's what has made coaching this group so enjoyable.

"They've always done everything which has been asked of them and a premiership would be a great reward for all of their hard work."

After progressing through the home and away season undefeated, the Cats suffered a shock 12-goal loss to Elmore in the second semi-final.

But they immediately bounced back with their best performance of the season in the preliminary final against Leitchville-Gunbower according to Bacon.

"The loss made us realise we still had a lot of work to do," she said.

"I don't think anyone got ahead of themselves but it proved to be a key lesson in handling finals pressure, which is very different.

"Everything has been positive since the loss and I think we're in the right frame of mind for what is the biggest game some of the girls have every played in."

The game will start at 9am at Huntly.