SALE under 13s, under 15s and Maffra C grade, which all finished on top of the Gippsland League netball ladder in their respective grades, have each booked a grand final spot following impressive wins on Saturday.
SALE’S under 13s side led against Leongatha 10-3 at the first change, and went on to win 37-15 in a powerhouse performance.
Sale goal shooter Ally Beale was in outstanding form, while Sienna Wynd controlled the centre feeding beautifully. In defence, Isla McCarthy and Abbi Boulter turned defence into attack, with plenty of intercepts.
SALE’S under 15s also got away to a flying start against Bairnsdale, leading 12-4 at the first change, and going on to snatch up a convincing 38-24 victory.
Sale’s Keisha Jackson performed well in goals, and her rebounding was a match winner.
Olivia Barnett was solid in defence, and Charlotte Ronchi and Indigo Waugh, who played in attack, were also standouts.
MAFFRA C grade continued its minor premiership form into the final against Traralgon, and pulled away in the final quarter to 46-37 victory.
Maffra’s Anna Gaw and Jemma O’Brien were steady, shooting well in goals, while Hannah Bourke and Megan Raine were impenetrable in defence, getting a hand to most rebounds.
IN A grade, Traralgon gave Morwell an absolute whalloping alarmingly close to the grand final, beating the Lions 46-74.
The 2017 premiership Maroons are at full-strength, and the return of Victorian Fury’s Ramayer Gourley in defence will be welcome for the grand final.
In the first semi-final, Moe made quick work of Drouin, chalking down a 67-48 victory. Moe will play Morwell next weekend for a spot in the grand final.
Under 17 Eagles advance
WHILE all three of Maffra’s junior netball sides looked down the line during the first semi-final on Sunday, only the under 17s walked away victorious to fight another battle.
Two goals down at quarter-time, the bolstered Maffra under 17s side rallied, and took the win against Morwell, 42-36.
The 2017 premiers welcomed the return of Emma Allman, who controlled the midcourt and set the pace for the game.
Capitalising off Morwell’s mistakes, Hannah Bourke rebounded well in defence, and was able to quickly transition the ball down the court for the Eagles’ goalers to score.
Outscoring the Eagles in the last quarter, the Lions were looking to claw a comeback, but the final whistle put a stop to that.
MAFFRA’S under 13 and under 15s sides ended their finals campaigns, losing respectively to Wonthaggi in a nail-biting 35-39, and Drouin 45-25 in a much more spectacular fashion.
Gippsland League preliminary final
Saturday at Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe:
A grade: Morwell v Moe, 2.15pm.
B grade: Moe v Morwell, 1pm.
C grade: Traralgon v Wonthaggi, noon.
Under 17s: Wonthaggi v Maffra, 11am.
Under 15s: Bairnsdale v Drouin, 10am.
Under 13s: Leongatha v Wonthaggi, 9am.