LIFE STUDIO captain Mardi Aplin says she’d love nothing more than to come away with this year’s division one Orange Netball Association title, but after qualifying for this year’s grand final the club wasn’t counting its chickens just yet.
In their debut year as the Life Studio Netball Club, Aplin helped guide the division one outfit to a thrilling 54-53 major semi-final win over defending champions Robin Hood.
It was the first time “in a long time” Aplin can remember the team, formerly known as Westoil, being the first side to progress through to the grand final.
And, as Robin Hood and now Life Studio have done well in the past, they did it by playing some cliff-hanger netball.
“As per usual,” Aplin laughed.
“It’s normal now for us to have those types of games against Robin Hood.
“It’s just exciting to be straight in.”
Life Studio will now enjoy the week off as Robin Hood and Royal Hawks go head-to-head in the division one preliminary final.
Undefeated after eight rounds, Life Studio had a mid-season hiccup when they lost to Royal Hawks 48-37 and then, through injury and unavailability, forfeited to Robin Hood the week after.
The blip on the radar was the only invitation Robin Hood needed to surge to the top of the 2013 ladder and claim this year’s minor premiership.
But Life Studio reclaimed the division one ascendency with last week’s one-goal win.
Aplin, however, didn’t believe her side had the wood over their old foes despite defeating the five-time defending premiers twice this season.
“Before that we held (the premiership) for a number of years and it was Robin Hood trying to get it from us, and now they’ve won the last five, it’s us trying to knock them off,” she said.
“Being our first year as Life Studio, I’m impressed with everyone at the club. A lot has happened in the Orange Netball Association, the squad system and to come out and be one game away from winning it all, I’d loving nothing more.”