Pies and Eagles in netball deciders

Emma Allman will be looking for a premiership medal to go with her under 17 best-and-fairest trophy.

Emma Allman will be looking for a premiership medal to go with her under 17 best-and-fairest trophy.

SALE and Maffra will each have one team competing in Gippsland League netball grand finals on Saturday at Moe.

Sale’s under 13s team has gone through the season undefeated, and will play Bairnsdale for the premiership.

The teams met a fortnight ago in the second semi-final, with the Magpies victorious 30-18.

Key players include Sale attacker Charlotte Ronchi, who came third in the league best-and-fairest this week, and Bairnsdale’s Abbey Bills, who was runner-up.

Sale will be aiming for a under 13s threepeat, after defeating Bairnsdale in the under 13s grand final last year.

MAFFRA will play Traralgon in the under 17s.

Maffra has never won an under 17s premiership, although their chances have never looked better.

As they’ve grown through the ranks as a team together, the last premiership the side dropped was in 2013, losing the under 13s grand final to Traralgon.

The Eagles finished the home-and-away season on top of the ladder, losing just two matches.

In round six, Maffra won at Traralgon 67-32, and at Maffra in round 15, 39-24. Maffra defeated Traralgon in the second semi-final 46-32.

Eagles coach Mikahla Callahan said in the semi-final, the team’s strength was in defensive pressure in the midcourt, as well as converting turnovers into goals.

“I think it is going to be a really tough game, and the girls will have to give it their absolute all to come out on top,” Callahan said, of the grand final.

Maffra centre and captain Emma Allman won the league best-and-fairest with 29 votes, and narrowly missed out on the league’s netball Rookie of the Year, while Traralgon’s Lily Van Berkel also polled well with 24 votes.

FOR the third consecutive season, Traralgon will meet Drouin in the A grade grand final.

Looking for back-to-back premierships, the Hawks will enter tomorrow’s match with confidence, having upset the Maroons 61-54 in the second semi-final, the Maroons’ second loss of the season.

The Maroons rebounded to defeat Morwell 49-39 in the preliminary final last weekend.

Both sides have stars across the court.

Traralgon has a strong defence, with Ramayer Gourley and Allison Petrou.

Stacey O’Brien has long been a star in the centre, while a six foot three Taylin Gourley shot a league leading 771 of the Maroons’ 1181 goals during the home-and-away season.

Drouin has a good attack as well, with Stacie Gardiner winning the league best-and-fairest award, while Christie Edwards stands out in midcourt.

Traralgon will play for a ninth A grade flag, while Drouin is looking for a seventh.

IN B grade, two-time reigning premier Leongatha will provide a challenge for minor premier Moe.

The Parrots have been the only side to defeat the Lions this season, while Moe only defeated them by two goals in the second semi-final.

LOCAL rivals Leongatha and Wonthaggi will contest the C grade premiership decider, and will also meet in the under 15s grand final.

Gippsland League grand final

Saturday at Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe:

A grade: Drouin v Traralgon, 3pm.

B grade: Moe v Leongatha, 1.30pm.

C grade: Leongatha v Wonthaggi, 12.15pm.

Under 17s: Maffra v Traralgon, 11am.

Under 15s: Leongatha v Wonthaggi, 9.45am.

Under 13s: Sale v Bairnsdale, 8.30am.

Sale under 13s goal attack Ruby Dillon battles for the ball during a match against Bairnsdale earlier this season.

Sale under 13s goal attack Ruby Dillon battles for the ball during a match against Bairnsdale earlier this season.

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