The Giants are heading to Brisbane for next weekend’s Super Netball grand final. (AAP: David Crosling)
Giants Netball have won through to the inaugural Super Netball grand final with a clinical 65-57 victory over Melbourne Vixens at Hisense Arena.
The eight-goal win secures the Giants a grand final berth against Sunshine Coast Lightning at Brisbane Entertainment Centre next Saturday.
It was not to be for the Vixens who completed the regular season as minor premiers but lost both of their finals matches.
Kristina Brice began the season on the Giants bench but showed she has the skill and composure of a strike shooter with a match-high 42 goals, from 44 attempts at 95 per cent accuracy.
Giants captain Jo Harten also created plenty of scoring impact netting 23 goals from 25 goals in an MVP performance.
The Giants led from start to finish and had amassed an eight-goal lead at half time courtesy of a whole-court performance as the Vixens struggled to find their flow through the stifling defence.
The visiting team won all but the last quarter and held as much as a 15-goal lead in the last stanza, sending an ominous message to their grand final opponents who beat the Vixens by just one goal last week.
Melbourne’s usually flowing attack struggled to find space under the tight defensive pressure from the Giants, with Mwai Kumwenda’s 37 goals at 84 per cent accuracy and Tegan Philips’ 20 goals from 26 attempts testament to that.
The Giants held a 15-12 lead at quarter time and pushed that out to a nine-goal lead late in the second half.
The deficit was 13 by three-quarter time and despite winning the last quarter 19-14, the margin proved too much for the Vixens to reel in.