Hunter United made good on their promise to dominate the Metro League division-one grand final in Sydney on Thursday, smashing Eastwood-Ryde 62-40.
Fired up by their omission from next year’s NSW Premier League, Hunter won every quarter to complete their romp through the Metro League in just their second year at state competition.
They led 13-10 at quarter-time, stretched their advantage to 30-18 at the main break then rolled to 47-26 at the final change.
Hunter had overcome the handicap of weekly travel to Sydney to lose only once on their way to winning the minor premiership by 11 points.
Netball NSW rejected Hunter's bid for promotion last month after judging the region’s players not good enough, providing plenty of motivation for the team at the business end of the season.
They smashed Baulkham Hills by 31 points in the first week of the finals and finished the job in fine style on Thursday.
Coach Traci Baber had said on the eve of the game that her players were fired up to win – “and not just win” – and they ended the season showered in confetti at the Genea Netball Centre at Sydney Olympic Park.