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UNDER PRESSURE: Panmure centre Amanda van Rooy lunges to spoil the ball against Kolora-Noorat goal defence Ashlee Holmes. Picture: Amy PatonPANMURE’S A grade netballers have proven they have the fight and mettle to be a contender for the flag.
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The Bulldogs showed nerves of steel in a tight contest against Kolora-Noorat in Sunday’s elimination final, fighting hard from start to finish to post a 41-38 win.

Kolora-Noorat challenged Panmure every step of the way, with the game in the balance for most of the contest.

Even after the Bulldogs pulled away to a six-goal lead, the Power refused to go quietly, cutting the margin back to three.

“It was a really tough game, so it’s good to get through that,” Panmure coach Mandy van Rooysaid.

“It could’ve gone either way many times in the game. I’m so proud we were able to pull through.

“It was a slow game and it was really tough. The weather conditions and the slippery ball just made us work harder, which is so much more satisfying that we pulled through it.”

Panmure midcourter Alison KennaIt was goal-for-goal in a high-pressure opening quarter, with Panmure just managing to sneak its nose in front at the first break, leading 12-11.

But the Bulldogs were able to break the first centre pass of the second term, and had two quick goals on the board to extend their lead to three.

It proved to be a vital buffer and Panmure did not relinquish its lead for the remainder of the match.

“At the start of each quarter we got maybe one goal up and it really helped in the end,” van Rooy said.

“We probably got a few turnovers in the last quarter when we got a bit sloppy and tired. We’ll work on that because we can’t afford to do that (against Nirranda).”

Van Rooy praised the efforts of Maddy White, who put in a sterling game in defence, while 14-year-old goal attackCharlotte Lenehan (12 goals) adapted seamlessly for her first senior final.

The Bulldogs are now preparing to take on Nirranda in Sunday’s first semi-final.

“We’re just concentrating on our own game –I think we’ve got to get the little things right,” van Rooy said.

“We were pretty sloppy today –we made a few turnovers that we really have been trying to work on not doing.”

Kolora-Noorat coach Faye Clarke said while the loss was “disheartening”, the Power had shown it would not give up without a fight.

“We put the pressure on and we threw everything at them;unfortunately they were just too good for us today,” she said.

“We’re happy …that we never gave up, but unfortunately we were just never able to get the lead.”

Wing defenceAshlee Holmes and goal shooter Linda Clifford (27 goals) were the Power’s best.

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