Poppets Blue team keeps it in the family to take out grand final

A team featuring four sets of sisters has taken out Hawkesbury City Netball Association's A1 grand final. 

Poppets Blue had eight players – four sets of two – that were sisters in this season’s side, which faced off against Colo White in the grand final on August 25 at Windsor netball complex.

Winners: The Poppets Blue team that took out Hawkesbury City Netball Association's A1 grand final on Saturday, August 25. The team features four sets of sisters. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Winners: The Poppets Blue team that took out Hawkesbury City Netball Association's A1 grand final on Saturday, August 25. The team features four sets of sisters. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Poppets Netball Club president Tanya Sullivan said the team had a shaky start to the season after injury, illness and a lack of players plagued the side. The girls also coached themselves through the season, after Craig Sullivan took time out of the sport.

Despite the setbacks, the team manged to come into the semi-finals against Huxley earlier this month off a 10-match winning streak.

“They got through to the grand final through going into extra time against Huxley,” Ms Sullivan said. “They were seven down in the last quarter to be a draw at full time, and then went into extra time. They had an extra seven minutes each way and won by five points.”

Coming up against Colo White was a return to the form that had seen the team win three premierships over the past four years, and Poppets Blue took the match 40 to 35.

“It was a pretty intense game. They were out by quite a few and Colo slowly tried to pull it back, but then they got on a roll again and held on,” Ms Sullivan said.

Poppets had four premiers out of six teams this year, she said.