THERE were no big celebrations for Carmen Anderson on Tuesday night as Colts Ninjas claimed the Rockhampton Netball Association's 2013 Premier League trophy.
The Ninjas overcame a fast-starting Fury team to win 47-32 and take home their second title in four years, but it was business as usual yesterday for Colts' captain Anderson.
"There was nothing too big, I just went home and had a glass of red (wine) and crashed," Anderson said of her post-match celebrations.
"It's just an off-season competition. It's always nice to win a grand final and a good way to finish off the year.
"We've finished in the top couple (positions) in A-grade a few times in recent years and haven't won the final or even made it so it was nice to win."
Premier League NETBALL
Colts Ninjas 47 def Fury 32
3 v 4: Cap Coast Babes 70 def Bluebirds Jabiru 49
5 v 6: Force 19 def Bluebirds Ospreys 18
7 v 8: Fire 40 def Flames 38
9 v 10: Inferno 52 def Bluebirds Peregrines 38
11 v 12: Fortune 47 def Phoenix 27
Trailing 11-8 at the first break, the Ninjas clawed their way back into the contest and led 20-18 at half-time before a dominant three-quarter period proved the difference.
The work of the Ninjas' Shanita Smith at wing attack proved crucial with the Claws representative gaining possession against the run of play on a number of occasions.
"She was awesome, she always is," Anderson said of Smith, who claimed her team's player of the match honours.
"She reads the play so well."
Anderson said she knew her side was up at half-time, but with the CQUniversity scoreboard not working, she had a few nervous moments heading into the final break.
"I knew we had a lead, but the main thing going into the fourth quarter was not to blow it," she said.
While the RNA's A-grade premiership has eluded Anderson and her Colts team-mates for the past two seasons, the relieved Capricorn Claws star said the Premier League win was a nice boost heading into their 2014 season preparations.
Colts begin their A-grade and A-reserve pre-season training on January 6.