Young Cavaliers still on a high after fourth flag

  CAVALIERS 19-and-under team  was still celebrating  its  2014 State League premiership victory over Cripps Waratah yesterday _ the club's fourth straight flag in the competition.

Cavaliers' coach Lauren Carter was full of praise for her young side and  its 46-31 grand final win which was some consolation for the club's open team missing out on its grand final.

``It was a pretty massive defensive effort by the girls all over the court and we did a really good job of applying pressure early and getting away to an early lead which definitely assisted us through,'' Carter said.

``It was a fantastic team effort and a great way to finish the season.''

Carter said Cavs trailed 4-0 in the first few minutes but fought back for a four or five goal lead by quarter-time which progressed in a great second quarter extending to a ten-goal lead at half-time.

``We built for the third quarter and maintained for the fourth and won by 15 goals and I think the girls who are very young were in some disbelief at the end of the game,'' she said.

``It is starting to sink in the day after and they are starting to realise what they have achieved and how hard they are to come by.

``We went down and visited our previous clubs at the NTNA carnival today and we met for lunch and a debrief on the game.''

Carter said she was undecided if she would coach again next season and unsure whether the club would be able to keep the players together.

``It's very hard to say because we won last year and expected to keep all 10 and ended up with only one.

`` But being 14, 15 and 16-year-olds we hope most of them might stick around ands put themselves back up for re-selection next year.''

Cavaliers president David Thomas was rapt with the premiership victory for the club.

``It's absolutely outstanding from a development point-of-view bearing in mind that most of the players have come up through our junior development squads and shows the good coaching protocols we have to build these young players into successful players,'' he said. 

The Cavaliers 19-and-under team,  BACK:  manager Narelle Cameron, Hannah Goddard, Chloe Yates, Grace Van Noord, Deanna Wadley, Lauren Brown, Macenzie Lloyd, coach Lauren Carter, assistant  coach Sav Overall, primary carer Marianne Rose. FRONT: Sarah Stuart, Dana Lester, Jordan Holloway-Clarke and Lydia Coote    celebrates  after  its 46-31 grand final win against Cripps Waratah on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers 19-and-under team, BACK: manager Narelle Cameron, Hannah Goddard, Chloe Yates, Grace Van Noord, Deanna Wadley, Lauren Brown, Macenzie Lloyd, coach Lauren Carter, assistant coach Sav Overall, primary carer Marianne Rose. FRONT: Sarah Stuart, Dana Lester, Jordan Holloway-Clarke and Lydia Coote celebrates after its 46-31 grand final win against Cripps Waratah on Saturday night.

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