Treble for Gippsland

THE Gippsland League continued its dominance in the Regional Victorian Netball League eastern competition, with all teams being crowned premier.

On Friday night at Churchill, Gippsland defeated the Sale Netball Association in the 15 and under and 19 and under teams grand finals.

In the 15 and under match, Gippsland set a strong foundation as Sale took its time to adjust to the fierce opening of their opposition.

A 20-goal first quarter had Gippsland go into the break with an 11-goal lead.

Sale coach Sam McKay urged her players to keep fighting and display the patience which helped them secure a grand final berth.

Gippsland coach Jo Ballinger was making every effort to ensure her players would build on their lead and they did just that, extending the margin each quarter with captain Taylah Brown and Heidi Gaudion playing an almost flawless game in defence.

Chelsea Livingstone shot a perfect score in the first quarter to finish with an overall 86 per cent for the game to be named player of the grand final.

Gippsland won 64-35.

GIPPSLAND’S 19 and under team also came out of the blocks, setting itself up with a 19-6 first term.

Sale was on the back foot but at no stage did its competitive spirit lessen.

Sale gave all it had with excellent defending from Paige Biddle, however Gippsland’s Daisy Hill showed why she was won the Hot Shot Award, as she shot at 72 per cent.

Gippsland defender Amy Tosari was named player of the grand final, with her side winning 57-31.

GIPPSLAND won the open division grand final against Mid Gippsland 61-43.

Mid Gippsland was missing their key goal attack Jess Holland and midcourt player Danielle Hilliar.

Mid Gippsland struggled to feed Taylin Gourley with the ease it had done throughout the season, at one point both of the Gippsland defenders were paying extra attention to the tall and accurate shooter.

Gippsland’s goal shooter and Taylin’s sister Ramayer was enjoying a feast of feeds from her goal attack and player of the match Courtney Blair.

Gippsland played its best netball in the third quarter, denying Mid Gippsland any opportunity of a comeback.

SALE’S Paige Biddle won the 19 and under most valuable player award.

Taylah Brown from Gippsland won the 15 and under award, while Christie Edwards, also of Gippsland, won the open.

The Hot Shot Awards, acknowledging the shooters with the highest shooting percentage throughout the season, went to Gippsland’s Chelsea Livinstone (15 and under) and Daisy Hill (19 and under), and East Gippsland’s Sally Deller (open).

Coaches throughout the season voted on opposing players they would most like on their team.

Sale’s Laura Jones shared the 19 and under Coaches’ Most Wanted award with Mid Gippsland’s Georgia Hutchison. The 15 and under went to Livingstone, with Morwell Indoor’s Briana Hulley winning the open.

All Star Teams:

15 and under, attack: Chelsea Livingstone (Gippsland), Jennifer Wrigglesworth (Sale), Lily McDonald (North Gippsland); mid-court: Emma Allman (Gippsland), Tayla Cheffers (Mid Gippsland), Jasmine Schellen (North Gippsland); defence: Taylah Brown (Gippsland), Alexander Stephenson, Chloe Nash (Sale).

19 and under, attack: Daisy Hill (Gippsland), Laura Jones (Sale), Paxton Farley (North Gippsland); mid-court: Georgia Hutchinson (Mid Gippsland), Faith Biddle (Sale), Casey Sherriff (Gippsland); defence: Paige Biddle (Sale), Shelby Wulffers (Gippsland), Emily McInnes (Mid Gippsland).

Open, attack: Jessica Holland, Taylin Gourley (Mid Gippsland), Sally Deller (East Gippsland); mid-court: Christie Edwards, Katrina Proctor (Gippsland), Halie McColl (Mid Gippsland); defence: Courtney Garth, Caitlan Ponton (Gippsland), Jessica Gordon (Mid Gippsland).