Tonight we played against Qld in the grand final. They got out to a flying start in the first quarter and led us 5-3 with some amazing pool. Their formed continued as they beat us 6-2 in the second quarter to end with an 11-5 half time lead. The VIC's haven't played bad up to this point, and the Queenslanders have been on fire, potting everything in sight. Not a good start for us.
The third quarter is a bit more even in terms of play, but Qld still win the quarter 5-3, giving them a 16-8 lead at three quarter time. Crap! We have to win every frame in the last quarter to send the match to a tie-breaker.
We reel off 5 consecutive frames in the last quarter to give ourselves a chance before Queensland finally get their winning frame. The scoreline at least now looks a respectable 17-13, but it was too little too late for the Victorians.
Its dissapointing to get so close and not win it. I think we played our grand final yesterday when we cleaned up the SA in the preliminary. We also had two Victorians playing off in the singles final (well done Ben and Paull!). So the VIC's had a pretty full-on day yesterday while Qld was resting. That highlights to us just how important top spot on the ladder is to get straight into the grand final.
Its been a pretty good campaign overall. One of the best Victorian teams that has been put together for a while did a good job. Hopefully we can learn from our lessons and go one step further next year.