Elias Shadrock revelling in grand final victory
AARON GOILE IN MELBOURNE
Elias Shadrock probably wonders what all the fuss is about.
The experienced trio of Irene van Dyk, Laura Langman and Casey Williams have been through cruel experiences in previous grand finals and other playoff games, but 22-year-old Shadrock, in her first season as a key player, has come out on the right side of the ledger.
A member of the team in 2009 and 2010 but not often on the court, Shadrock was dropped last year and came back this season, fighting her way to get a starting spot.
"Oh it's just been awesome, an awesome journey and to be involved with an amazing team and to just get the opportunity," she said after victory in the grand final over the Melbourne Vixens.
"I was just enjoying every moment of it and that's what Noels (coach Noelene Taurua) said to us, going into this final, just enjoy the moment, you'll be lucky if you get another chance at it. Season's been good, enjoyed it heaps and for me personally, it's always looking to be better than last week and stuff like that, just for my own personal goals."
Shadrock said she always felt the team was capable of something special and it was just a matter of time before they pulled it off.
"I think we had the belief in our team and the belief in each other."
On coming from last place on the ladder after four losses Shadrock said all of the players knew they had to lift, and they managed to.
"I think we just stuck to our guns and probably had a good look at ourselves, especially me, going into round five I really wanted to get a starting position and everyone just pushed for those spots and I think that's what's benefitted us now."
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