Sale into netball grand final

SALE will be playing for back-to-back Eastern Regional State League 17 and under premiership this Friday night.

Last Friday, Sale upset minor premier Mid Gippsland in a thrilling semi-final with extra time needed to separate the teams and set-up a grand final against Alberton.

Sale, who has had an unpredictable season, made the most of Mid Gippsland’s inability to hit the target in the first half to lead by two goals at the main break.

With changes obviously needing to be made, Mid Gippsland brought Tayla Watson into goal, shifting Meg Van Rooy from goals into wing attack.

The slicker combination in attack saw Mid Gippsland go into the third quarter with a lead of only one goal, but with pride on the line, the Sale players gave their all with an absolute thriller being played out in the final quarter seeing both teams on a level at 36-36 after four quarters.

Neither team left anything on the court during the additional 14 minutes of play with supporters and coaches on their feet urging their players on, however things fell into place for Sale with only seconds left on the clock seeing it live to fight another day, winning 47-46.

Sale will play in the grand final on Friday night at Latrobe Leisure, Churchil from 7pm against Alberton, who defeated North Gippsland in the other semi-final last week.

Alberton had a stronger first quarter to lead by four goals, and although North’s goal shooter Phoebe Escreet shot perfectly for the first half, she struggled to get her hands on the ball.

With Alberton leading by six goals at half-time, North moved Shannon Van Sambeek from goal attack to goal shooter and the exceptionally talented and hard working Madelyn Gibson filling the goal attack position. The changes brought North back into the match, but it was too late as Alberton stepped it up in the final quarter to win 53-42.

´╗┐Top two in open decider

MID Gippsland Green will meet Alberton in the open division grand final on Friday night from 8.30pm in Churchill.

In the semi-finals, the undefeated Mid Gippsland Green trailed East Gippsland during the first half, but outscored its opponent 11-5 in the third quarter.

East Gippsland was unable to regroup in the second half, missing crucial shots and struggling to get the ball past the unassuming goal keeper Amanda Qual, who played a superb match for Mid Gippsland after coming on in the second quarter.

Mid Gippsland won 42-34.

Alberton claimed the other grand final berth after winning a thriller against Gippsland 42-42.

Both teams had poor shooting stats in the first quarter, but Gippsland clearly stepped out for the second quarter with fresh minds to outscore Alberton 13-9 and take a one-goal lead into the main.

The third quarter was all Alberton’s as it stepped it up to take the edge at the final change.

Although Gippsland managed to outscore Alberton during the final quarter, it was unable to send the match into extra time.

Sale, who has had an unpredictable season, made the most of Mid Gippsland’s inability to hit the target in the first half to lead by two goals at the main break.

With changes obviously needing to be made, Mid Gippsland brought Tayla Watson into goal, shifting Meg Van Rooy from goals into wing attack.

The slicker combination in attack saw Mid Gippsland go into the third quarter with a lead of only one goal, but with pride on the line, the Sale players gave their all with an absolute thriller being played out in the final quarter seeing both teams on a level at 36-36 after four quarters.

Neither team left anything on the court during the additional 14 minutes of play with supporters and coaches on their feet urging their players on, however things fell into place for Sale with only seconds left on the clock seeing it live to fight another day, winning 47-46.

Sale will play in the grand final on Friday night at Latrobe Leisure, Churchil from 7pm against Alberton, who defeated North Gippsland in the other semi-final last week.

Alberton had a stronger first quarter to lead by four goals, and although North’s goal shooter Phoebe Escreet shot perfectly for the first half, she struggled to get her hands on the ball.

With Alberton leading by six goals at half-time, North moved Shannon Van Sambeek from goal attack to goal shooter and the exceptionally talented and hard working Madelyn Gibson filling the goal attack position. The changes brought North back into the match, but it was too late as Alberton stepped it up in the final quarter to win 53-42.

MID Gippsland Green will meet Alberton in the open division grand final on Friday night from 8.30pm in Churchill.

In the semi-finals, the undefeated Mid Gippsland Green trailed East Gippsland during the first half, but outscored its opponent 11-5 in the third quarter.

East Gippsland was unable to regroup in the second half, missing crucial shots and struggling to get the ball past the unassuming goal keeper Amanda Qual, who played a superb match for Mid Gippsland after coming on in the second quarter.

Mid Gippsland won 42-34.

Alberton claimed the other grand final berth after winning a thriller against Gippsland 42-42.

Both teams had poor shooting stats in the first quarter, but Gippsland clearly stepped out for the second quarter with fresh minds to outscore Alberton 13-9 and take a one-goal lead into the main.

The third quarter was all Alberton’s as it stepped it up to take the edge at the final change.

Although Gippsland managed to outscore Alberton during the final quarter, it was unable to send the match into extra time.