60th year on court for Sutherland Netball

After nine rounds of hard fought Netball the Sutherland Shire Netball Association still celebrated their grand finals in style.

It was a year where Sutherland should have been celebrating their 60th season on court instead they were happy to just complete their year.

In a severely shortened season SSNA also hosted their Crazy Hair and Sock Day to raise funds for the Kids Cancer Project where for a gold coin donation players were encouraged to wear crazy hair and socks to their final games.

Sutherland Shire is the biggest Netball Association in New South Wales.

President Karen Salter said the spirit of the games played showed what community sport is all about.

"Everybody celebrated that we actually got to play our season-others didn't.

"We understand that this was far from a normal season, we were limited to 500 persons in each of our outdoor playing zones.

"That equated to a maximum of 15 people per team, per court, including players, coaches, managers, umpires and spectators.

"Thanks to all our member clubs their families and the executive for their understanding and support of our return to play plan." she said

Kristie Hood manager of the undefeated U12a's Thistles team said it's been a challenging year but the SSNA had done a good job in game day management.

"It's also been very difficult for parents,who also have had to adapt to the changing and challenging circumstances" she said

The drama's continued with games stopped due to too many spectators with the A2 grand final close until a late steal by the Sharks saw them take the win 37-32 over the competitive Thistles.

The Sharks team said their state title winning mentor Debbie Grimshaw was "the best coach ever" but she replied saying they were a credit to each other.

"They make themselves look good by playing for each other, not for themselves-that's why they are a winning team "

"It's the year of the Sharks" she said before the Senior A1 Grand Final where the Sharks number one team were beaten in a torrid game 48-51 by the Fatima Falcons.

Fittingly, the legendary Margaret Corbett OAM presented the trophies.