Rennie 52 defeated Tungamah 45.
After losing to the reigning premiers, Tungamah, in the semi-final, the Rennie girls knew they had a huge challenge ahead of them in the grand final on Saturday.
The girls put in a big week of preparation and were excited to take on the challenge.
The first quarter saw both teams playing quality netball.
Defensive pressure from Maddie McInness, Chelsea Beavis, Lani Crawford led the way and saw Rennie take a marginal lead.
Lexie Nolen and Brylee McCarty converted well in the second quarter, but Rennie couldn’t seem to break away from Tungamah, who put immense pressure over the whole court.
The third quarter saw the Rennie girls make little mistakes and Tungamah pounced on the opportunity and took a four goal lead.
Heading into the last term of the year, the Rennie girls quickly saw their game slip away, facing a six-goal deficit.
The gut feel in the crowd was the game was going to be over. But Rennie had other ideas. They fought hard, made turnovers and great driving from Catherine Shaw and Mya Bye helped convert these.
A nail-biting come back saw a draw at full time. Extra time for two seven minute halves, now stood between Rennie and the cup.
The first seven minutes flew past and nothing could split the two sides.
It wasn’t until the last half of extra time, Rennie stepped up their game and Brylee McCarty was on fire. Excitingly Rennie ran away in the end and won by seven goals.
A huge congratulations to the girls on a much deserved win. You’ve worked so hard all year.
Brylee McCarty took out Best on Court for the Grand Final, with Yarrawonga Hotel awards going to Maddie McInness, Brylee McCarty and Lexie Nolen.
It was always going to be a tough game for Tungamah’s Under 17s netballers against Rennie who finished on top at the end of the season.
The Tungamah girls were 4 goals up at 3/4 time and finally had a lead on Rennie after the game had been goal for goal the whole way through.
The girls fought hard but ended the game with a draw having to finish off with 7 minutes each end and you could see they were tiring and Rennie was just too strong.
Tungamah fought right till the end and that’s all anyone could ask for, they wanted it but the day just didn’t go their way.
Some amazing skills were shown throughout the whole court and the senior netball ranks at Tungamah will be very lucky to have these girls move up next year.