With three netball teams vying for a place in the grand final, there was plenty of support from the sidelines.
Each team had already proven to be worthy competitors, with a positive mindset and a promise to leave nothing behind. Dookie was the venue for the final challenge.
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Rennie 21 defeated by Shepparton East 23
The girls started well, being up one goal at quarter time, but the Eagles came out stronger in the next two quarters and the Hoppers were down by six goals at three quarter time.
A change of positions changed momentum in the last quarter and all the girls dug really deep to get within one goal.
Unfortunately, Rennie ran out of time and went down by two goals.
To Emily, Nikita, Charlie, Alainah, Anika, Phoebe, Suzy, Chloe and Hayley; thanks for being a pleasure to coach.
This year the club had a group of girls with a range of netball skills and who had not played together before and for them to get to the preliminary final was an awesome achievement.
Awards: YMGCR - Charlie Hargreaves, Judd’s Mensland - Chloe Forge and Athenaeum- Phoebe Thorpe.
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Rennie 42 def Dookie 20
Another slow start saw Rennie have to work hard and settle back to the team everyone knows.
Maddie McInness led the team in the first quarter, which lifted the whole side, with multiple intercepts and strong drives from defence.
Mya Bye played a fabulous game, driving and dominating in WA and, Lexie Nolen took the lead in GS, showing true versatility and rewarding all the girls’ hard work.
Every girl on the court combined well and remained composed to ensure a well-deserved place in the grand final next week.
Awards: YMGCR – Maddie McInness, Judd’s Mensland – Mya Bye and Athanaeum – Lexie Nolen.
Rennie 32 def by Waaia 61
For the girls to make it to the preliminary final was a great achievement for the whole team.
It was a slow start from the Rennie girls with Waaia able to take hold of the first quarter making it difficult for the girls to get the score closer.
The girls never gave up and continued to show great sportsmanship for the whole game.
Petra and Kayla worked hard in defence but the challenge was great against accurate shooters.
Hannah and Rach also in the defence end applied a lot of pressure outside of the ring and worked at clearing the ball into the midcourt.
Nada and Tayla were tireless in the midcourt and were strong and composed in some physical tussles.
Jedda showed great versatility playing in WA and GA, and had her opponents on their toes throughout the whole game.
Ebony and Karen in goals made the most of their opportunities and never gave up, despite the result on the scoreboard.
Awards : Yarrawonga Hotel – Jedda Nolen, Kayla Oughton, Nada Nolen, Ebony Williams, Celine Collins-Bye and Brooke McDougall.
Whether on the court or on the sideline, this was a tremendous team effort.
Junior Vote Count and Presentation – Sunday, September 17 at Rennie Recreation Reserve starting at 11am.
Lunch to follow for all families at 12:30pm. Senior Vote Count to follow at 1:30pm.
Senior Presentation Night – Friday, September 22 at Rennie Recreation Reserve starting at 7pm.
Two course dinner will be served. Please let Tanya Rhodes or Cyndi Gleeson know if you are coming, for catering purposes.
Waaia 27 def Tungamah 24.
Unfortunately for the Tungamah girls the game didn’t go their way against Waaia, but to their credit the girls played amazing netball and fought hard right to the end.
Thanks to all the supporters who came and watched.
The coaches are very proud of how far each player has come and grown together as a team, it’s been a wonderful year.
In what has been one of the best rivalries the Ovens and Murray has ever witnessed, two fierce teams in Yarrawonga and Lavington went toe to toe yet again, in another thrilling game of high quality netball on Saturday.
The Panthers began the game the better, catching the Pigeons off guard with a 6 goal lead at quarter time.
But in typical Pigeon fashion, the girls fought back strongly, as they began to capitalise on rebounds and ground balls.
Lauren Mulquiney and Caitlin O’Dwyer were instrumental in the Pigeon resurgence, as their will to work hard all over the court was evident.
The fourth term was a thriller, as the crowd was at its peak and the game was at full throttle.
Eventually the girls were just beaten by the final whistle, as they went down by the narrowest of margins, 1 goal.
The Pigeon girls will be out to bounce back, as they have one final opportunity to gain redemption on Lavington this week.
But first they must get over the North Albury hurdle, who they face in this week’s preliminary final.
Yarrawonga 42 def by Lavington 43.
Goals: Abbey Jones 22 Bridget Cassar 20
Best: Caitlin O’Dwyer, Abbey Jones
The B grade girls continue to be a great story of the season thus far, finishing in fifth position on the ladder, to now being in the final three teams left in the competition.
The girls took on a highly fancied Albury Tigers and put them to the sword, in what was a dominant second half of netball.
Swift ball movement was key in the Pigeons 19 goal win, as they transferred from defence to attack with class and pace.
Shooters in Kate Robilliard and Ange Tyrell were on song all day as they provided too much for Albury to handle.
The win sets up a mouth-watering clash against Lavington in a preliminary final next weekend.
Yarrawonga 54 def Albury 35
Goals: Ange Tyrell 32, Kate Robilliard 22
Best: Kate Robilliard, Jayanna Sharp
The Pigeons C graders came out breathing fire against Albury last Saturday and have now booked themselves a preliminary final spot.
Right from the word go the Pigeons piled immense pressure on the Albury outfit, as they skipped out to an early 9 goal buffer.
Jenny Buerckner and Abbey Hemphill were sublime in defence as they read the ball with brilliant anticipation.
Clare O’Sullivan was also excellent, as she dominated play around the court.
Credit where credit is due, the Tigers didn’t lay down, as they continued to put up a good fight, but it was the Pigeons who would run out eventual 8 goal winners.
The girls will now take on Lavington, which will be their toughest task of the season, but a task they believe they can achieve.
Yarrawonga 40 def Albury 32
Goals: Tayla Bogle 25, Steph Kennedy 6, Emma Soutter 5, Maddi Kennedy 4
Best: Jenny Buerckner, Clare O’Sullivan
The Yarra under 16s who have played very well in the last few weeks were ready to take on Lavington, who had defeated the Pigeons in their last two previous outings.
This game was hotly contested from the outset and throughout, with both sides having their periods of momentum as the score was locked at 14 apiece at quarter time.
The Pigeons after quarter time began to gain the ascendency, with key players Indi Frauenfelder and Tilly Kennedy starting to hit their straps throughout the middle part of the game.
The Pigeons finished the game off in ominous fashion, opening up a big margin in the final quarter to secure themselves a spot in the preliminary final against North Albury.
Yarrawonga 51 def Lavington 42.
Goals: Eliza York 33 Indi Frauenfelder 18
Best: Indi Frauenfelder, Tilly Kennedy.
Mulwala finals campaign ends
The last hope for Mulwala, the C Grade netball team, bowed out this week in a tough semi-final against a determined Finley side.
In near perfect conditions the Lions were ready to take on the Cats, having gone down to Finley by only 5 goals in the last round of the season.
A few steadfast supporters made the trek to Numurkah to support the Lions in their finals campaign.
Sadly though, this was to be their last game of the season.
The match started well, with both sides finding a direct line into goals and the shooters demonstrating great accuracy at both ends of the court.
The Lions trailed by 3 goals at the quarter time break but confidence was high as they resumed play in the second.
The Cats came out firing, taking the Lions by surprise and forcing a number of turnovers which they were able to capitalise on.
Mulwala was rattled, with costly errors creeping into the game and affecting their confidence, while Finley continued to build their lead, pushing the margin out to 14 by half time.
More positional changes were made in an effort to counteract the Finley attack and the third quarter saw an improvement in defensive pressure and passages of play down the court.
The Cats however seemed to have the momentum as they continued to build their lead to 23 by three quarter time.
At the final break, passionate words from Coach Rhonda and Captain Mary had the desired effect and the Lions took to the court with nothing to lose.
They worked hard and started to peg back the lead, winning the quarter by 3 goals. Unfortunately though, all was too late and Finley ran out comfortable winners 55 to 35.