THE award for the best player in a grand final typically goes to a member of the victorious outfit, but on Saturday Grace Broadfield bucked the trend.
The Bulldogs Verdelho goal defence was given the nod for her efforts in Saturday’s A grade netball grand final against City Colts.
Colts ultimately won the decider by two goals, but without Broadfield’s efforts that margin could have been much greater.
Her height, vertical leap and reach saw her force a number of turnovers as she rebounded well and put pressure on City Colts when lining up shots.
In the third quarter Broadfield was particularly impressive as she worked in tandem with goal keeper Kate Burns.
Colts had zipped out to a five goal lead and threatened to establish a match-winning advantage as they pilled on the pressure.
But the talented defender responded to that pressure and kept her rivals scoreless for more than eight minutes.
It got Bulldogs back into the contest.