DOUBLE: Vibe celebrate consecutive Newcastle netball championships. Picture: Phil HearneJunction Hotel Vibe wins Newcastle open netball championship: photos
JUNCTION Hotel Vibe captain Caity Lobston always knew her side had the talent to win back-to-back Newcastle open netball grand finals.
Even after undefeated minor premiers BNC 1 thumped them by 27 goals in the major semi-final two weeks ago.
Vibe proved Lobston right and completed a remarkable turnaround with a come-from-behind 42-38 win over BNC on Saturday at National Park.
Down by as many as eight goals in the first quarter, Vibe trailed by just one goal – 21-20 – at half-time.
They led in the third quarter but were behind 31-29 heading into the last.
Vibe took advantage of BNC errors and loose passes in the final quarter to win another major premiership.
Lobston said she was proud of all her players and she always knew they were capable of matching BNC.
‘‘I think the main factor was because it was the grand final and everyone just stepped up,’’ Lobston said of the huge turnaround from the 49-22 loss a fortnight ago.
‘‘We had a bit of a game plan this time as well and we spoke before the game about their strengths and weakness and setting individual goals for everyone.
‘‘We made a lot less errors this time. We tried to play safer, we slowed it down and tried not to throw balls away so much,’’ she said
Goal attack Lobston (arm) and goal shooter Felicity Mullens (eye) played through knocks in a physical encounter, but BNC lost Kylie Betson to injury in the third quarter.
Australian under-19 player Tanisha Stanton came on for BNC at centre for Nat Hilder halfway through the match, but she was unable to halt the Vibe comeback.
Lobston said Vibe would be back for another tilt at the title next year, although Mullens and centre Maddy Dunn were likely losses because they could move away for work and study reasons respectively.
The young Vibe side defeated Nags Head Hotel last year to claim their first major premiership.