Hat-trick for Magpies
SALE'S under 13s netballers have won the flag for the third consecutive Gippsland League season, after defeating Bairnsdale 37-28 in Saturday's grand final.
Progressing through the season undefeated, the Magpies were tipped as the hot favourites as they took to Moe's courts, and did not disappoint.
Despite feverish efforts from Bairnsdale's side, who had some outstanding turnovers clawing back to within two goals, Sale played a strong, faster last quarter to steady and storm home strong.
Sale defenders Tess Hansford and Maya Bown turned defence into attack with intercepts and strong rebounding.
Wing attack Sienna Wynd effortlessly fed the ball to goalers Chalotte Ronchi and Ruby Dillon, who put the winning score on the board.
Best-on-court was Bairnsdale centre Abbey Bills.
MAFFRA’S under 17s didn’t let the heat get to them, continuing the season’s good form into the grand final by seizing the win from a fortified Traralgon side, 50-29.
The Eagles did not take advantage of their status as ladder leaders lightly, firing right out of the gate and catching Traralgon off guard.
The Eagles led throughout the game, their biggest strength lying in defence through the midcourt, with plenty of intercepts caught well before the defensive goal third line.
Maffra captain and centre Emma Allman was named as best-on-court, after she pushed through the heat to play a quick but steady game, taking control and providing momentum through the mid-court and earning the Eagles many defensive turnovers.
Leyla Berry and Abbey Pleydell were also outstanding in goals, working the circle with the vision and judgement of senior players, and shooting with admirable accuracy in goals.
The win solidifies Maffra’s first ever under 17s win, and the fourth premiership flag for five of Maffra’s best up-and-coming netballers.
Maroons a grade above
TRARALGON won its second A grade premiership in three seasons.
The Maroons defeated Drouin 62-49, with goal keeper Ramayer Gourley named best-on-court.
The Maroons avenged their loss to the Hawks in last year’s grand final.
Moe claimed the B grade flag with a 52-35 victory over Traralgon. Lions goal keeper Emily McInnes was best-on-court.
In C grade, Leongatha defeated Wonthaggi 30-27, led by Kathy Reid in defence.
Wonthaggi won the under 15s premiership with a 45-34 victory over Leongatha.