The Queensland Firebirds won the Trans-Tasman netball championship in Brisbane over the weekend, their first championship title since 2011.
Talk about nail-biting! The Firebirds claimed victory over the NSW Swifts, with a score of 57 to 56 after netting five goals in the last minutes of the game.
Throughout the entire game, the Firebirds seemed to be playing catch-up, with the Swifts leading 56 to 55 with just one minute to go.
Everyone thought they were going to lose, but with 15 seconds to go Firebirds’ Gretel Tippet scored the winning goal triggering uproar from the sell-out 7000 person crowd.
This is the Firebirds first championship win since 2011, after two consecutive years of being runners-up.
Firebirds captain, Laura Geitz told The Australian the final whistle came as a relief, with her side just mere moments away from a third successive grand final failure.
“In previous years, there’s times where you sort of go ‘oh, this is where we fail a bit, we choke,’” she said.
“It just wasn’t the case, it was the complete opposite effect and feeling tonight.”
“That’s this team in a nutshell — in the pressure moments, never give up.”
The firebirds’ league MVP Romelda Aiken was at her best this game, scoring 47 out of 51 attempts, while her partner Tippett scored only 10 out of 17.
The Swifts slip up means they are yet to win a game in Brisbane.
Swifts Captain, Kimberlee Green told ABC News she and her team were devastated by the loss.
“For it to come down to the last minute, we always knew you would keep fighting and that’s why you have been the benchmark all year,” she said.