After a spectacular finals campaign the Yarrawonga Under 16s girls we ready to play the game of their life against the powerhouse Wangaratta Magpies side for the 2017 Ovens and Murray Premiership on Saturday.
Making history already, these girls with the first ever Yarrawonga under 16s side to make finals, but not content with that milestone alone, they had the grand final win in their sights.
The first quarter was a battle of nerves with a few unforced errors resulting in Wangaratta hitting a 3 goal lead halfway through the quarter.
Yarrawonga fought back hard and with a couple of crucial rebounds by Georgia Lawless the girls were able to claw their way back to be trailing by just one goal and the first break.
With the message from coach Laura Bourke for the girls to stand tall and cut off Wangaratta’s drive, Yarrawonga went up a gear in the second with best on court Tilly Kennedy causing multiple turnovers in the midcourt while Indianna Frauenfelder’s drive into the ring left the Magpie defenders chasing tail.
Going into the halftime break with a 4 goal lead the girls knew the opposition was starting to feel the heat and it was their time to shine.
They say premierships are won in the third quarter and that was the truth for these girls as they came out firing.
Strong defensive play allowed Laura Zanin and Elly Robilliard to keep turning the ball over and the Pigeons went into the final break with a huge 10 goal lead.
The Yarrawonga girls gave it everything in the final quarter with Abbey Chapman feeding Eliza York seamlessly as they kept adding to the scoreboard.
When the final whistle sounded it was pure joy not only for the players but the massive crowd of supporters who had made the early trip to Lavington to support them.
Coach Kaitlyn Cummins, who was on holiday in Germany, watched the final few minutes on facetime on her phone and could not keep the proud tears from her eyes.
“What a bunch of girls we have,” she said after the win.
“Most of the team are bottom age and look what they have achieved, this right here is the future of Yarrawonga Football Netball Club.”
Final score Yarrawonga 52 def Wangaratta 36.
Best Players: Tilly Kennedy, Indianna Frauenfelder, Abbey Chapman.