Eden Netball's Purple triumphs despite being black and blue in grand final

The Eden Netball Club’s season wrapped last week with its grand final. 

The Purple team has overcome the odds to secure victory after two members were seriously injured during early parts of the match. 

Kamilla Grubesic said both injuries occured within a minute of each other early in the second quarter. 

“It was the second quarter and Jaimie Christensen rolled her ankle,” Grubesic said. 

“Then just a minute after Jaimie was hurt, Kim Peters was obstructed. 

“She got caught in an awkward spot and broke her ankle,” she said. 

“So for pretty much three quarters we were missing any subs.”

Grubesic said missing the two players was quite “trying on everyone”, but they were able to perservere. 

“Jaimie and Kim are some of our main defenders and Jaimie is the tallest on our team.

“It was harder without them, but we managed i guess,” she said. 

Even with the odds stacked against them, Grubesic said the Purple team was able to secure a win on the night. 

“We won 44 to 33.”

The netball competition has seen a welcome return to the spotlight in Eden after struggling with numbers for many years. 

“We’re excited to see it back,” Grubesic said. 

“We hadn’t played together before, we just kind of put ourselves in from the soccer team [The Killer Whales].” 

Grubesic said the level of camaraderie and teamwork the girls had learned during the soccer season could have played a part in helping them reach the grand final. 

“The level of teamwork we had developed from the soccer helped us.”

Grubesic said she was grateful for everyone who supported the competition in making it so successful. 

“I just want to thank everyone who comes down to do the reffing and the committee for making this season such a success,” she said. 

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