SPARTANS Swirlz defied its underdog status to take out this year's Northern Tasmanian Netball Association division 1 title with a 50-42 grand final win over Clovers on Tuesday night.
The decider was won in the early stages of the second quarter, when costly turnovers in the Clovers' attacking end allowed Spartans to get five goals ahead.
Clovers threatened, particularly during the final quarter, but Spartans finished strongly.
Goal shooter Ashlea Mawer was well held by Clovers MVP Emily Garvey, managing only 25 goals about 64 per cent accuracy, well below her usual returns.
But this prompted a surge from her goal attack shooting partner, 15-year-old Deanna Wadley, who also shot 25 individual goals from only 29 attempts at 86 per cent accuracy, and was named player of the match.
With just one win (against the Clovers in its final roster match) before the finals, Spartans entered the decider as the outsider.
Its road to the grand final saw it defeat fourth-placed Spartans, cruise past third-placed Esk Royal in the elimination final, and beat minor premiers Heritage Islanders in the preliminary final.
The best and fairest award for the division 1 teams was also announced on Tuesday, with Mawer (Swirlz) and Danica Headlam (Esk Royal) sharing the spoils on 21 votes.
They edged out Natalie Edwards (Clovers) on 19 votes, with Laura Bestwick (Swirlz) and Savahn Overall (Islanders) rounding out the top five.