Railways upset league leaders in finals preview

By Michael Roberts | posted on September 10, 2020

RAILWAYS have pulled off the upset of the season in the Albany Netball Association, recording a six-point win over ladder-leading Royals Saints on the weekend.

Royals were unbeaten heading into the Round 10 A1 clash having defeated Railways by eight-points in their Round 5 contest.

But Railways turned the tables on Saturday as they came from behind at half-time to fight out a famous win.

Despite the 40-34 loss, Royals finished the regular season one-point clear on top of the ladder.

Leading by two points at the end of the first quarter, Railways were clearly up for the contest early on in an end- to-end game of netball.

Royals fought back in the second quarter to lead by two goals at half-time, but Railways reversed that margin back in their favour at the final change.

A 12-goal last term from Railways proved too much for the defending premiers, who slumped to their first loss of the season.

Railways Coach Richelle Warren said she was incredibly proud of the way her team rose to the challenge.

“The girls did really well; they got out there right from the first whistle and gave it their all,” she said.

“We had a few strategies we worked on at training that we implemented on court.

“It was totally different to the first time we played them. When you’ve lost once you go out that little bit harder. We applied a lot of pressure.”

Warren praised Railways’ Hollee Siviour and Kiera Stephen for their defensive efforts.

“We got the turnovers when we needed them,” she said.

The two close rivals will now face off in a semi-final this Saturday, with the winner going straight through to the grand final and enjoying a full week’s recovery.

Warren said her team would head into Saturday’s match-up with a full bill of health.

“It should be a really good final,” she said.

“It could be anyone’s game. The last two games have been hard fought from both sides.”

The loser will play the winner of the second semi-final between Narrikup and Grammar in a midweek prelim on September 16.

The A1 grand final will be played on September 19 at 1pm.

In another finals dress rehearsal on the weekend, Narrikup held out for their sixth win of the year over a daring Grammar side.

Narrikup finished 60-56 victors in a high-scoring encounter.