SUNRISE player/coach Tina Phillips says the side has rid itself of the inconsistency that plagued it during the regular season.
Sunrise will take on the Jerra Joeys in this weekend’s all-Queanbeyan grand final of the inter-district netball competition after a 52-38 semi-final win over Arawang on Monday night.
And Phillips said after an up-and-down season the side was hitting was hitting it straps at the right time of the year.
“I personally believe we’ve been the best team in the competition all year, we’ve just let ourselves down occasionally,” she said.
“We’ve had a couple of discussions as a team and we know we haven’t been beaten by other teams, we’ve beaten ourselves. That’s something I feel like we’ve addressed and I think we showed [against Arawang] how good a side we are.
“If the girls can play like that again against Jerra, I think we’ll bring it home.”
Sunrise’s victory over Arawang was built on the back of a brilliant final term.
After a typically closely-fought opening three quarters, Sunrise simply blew a tiring Arawang off the court in a dominant fourth quarter performance.
“Honestly I thought there would be one or two goals in it so for us to have pulled away like that in the fourth quarter, I was very surprised,” Phillips said.
“But I think we worked incredibly hard in defence during the first three quarters and just wore them down to the point where we were able to run away with it at the end.”
The last time Sunrise met Jerrabomberra during the regular season saw the Joeys secure a narrow victory over their local rivals.
Jerra moved directly through to Saturday’s decider after South Canberra forfeited its semi-final clash against the minor premiers.
Phillips pointed to the Joey’s shooting end as an aspect of the game her side would have to control to bring the trophy home.
“Their shooting end is a real danger and young Brittany Reynolds in particular, she’s probably their best on court,” she said. “She’s a very dynamic player and to beat Jerra you need to shut her down.
“They’re a very well balanced side across the court but if I had to single one player out as a danger, she’s who it would be.”