Victory a 'complete surprise' for PICs
Far from whooping it up, PIC's players seemed in a state of shock.
The last time they'd met Wellington East, 10 days prior to yesterday's Regional Super League final, they'd lost 57-54. That result was pretty typical of all the clashes between the two this year, with results being decided by a handful of goals or less.
But things proved very different on the biggest day in the Wellington club netball season, when PIC romped away to win 63-42 at Porirua's Te Rauparaha Arena.
"Losing to them in our last game, that was the real driver. It's those kind of losses that keep you going," PIC captain Daya Wiffen said, in an effort to explain where the performance came from.
"This is a complete surprise. We'd had a couple of crappy weeks leading into this and the girls really wanted to come out and play our game and we did."
They definitely managed that and in some style too. Wellington East put a pretty fair team out, with Claire Kersten, Stacey Bascand and Nicola Mackle in the midcourt.
But they had a hard time breaking PIC down who, in turn, were much more fluid in possession. Silver Ferns and Central Pulse defender Katrina Grant was brilliant at goal defence for PIC, as she should have been, showing there's a lot more to her game than vainly trying to swat the ball away from international goal shoots such as Jhaniele Fowler- Reid and Caitlin Bassett.
Elias Shadrock excelled at centre and goal shoot Te Amo Amaru- Tibble converted pretty much everything that came her way.
An immensely satisfied Wiffen hadn't imagined all this. The 31-year-old gave birth to her second child only nine weeks before the start of the season, having made a late decision to play.
It remains to be seen if the former Pulse star decides to do it all again next year.
"If I never play club netball again, I'll be happy to leave with that. That was awesome."
The Dominion Post