Junior Bloods bask in premiership glory
ELMORE Football Netball Club had its song sung loudly on Saturday after its under 17 netball team became the 2017 premiers.
The Bloods played smart and patient netball to gradually build a lead over 2016 title holders Colbinabbin in the grand final at Huntly.
They were up by four goals at three quarter time and looking to come home strong, using the cheers of Bloods supporters to get them across the line.
With five minutes to go the Bloods had pushed the margin out to eight goals.
Colbinabbin came back hard in the dying minutes, but couldn’t do enough to take back the leads as Elmore run out six-goal winners, 38-32.
Coaches Hollie and Jessica Hildebrantt couldn’t have been more proud of their girls and the team work they displayed on Saturday.
‘‘The girls have all trained hard during the year and put in the hard yards on game day,’’ Hollie said.
‘‘They played unbelievably on Saturday and didn’t show any signs of nerves.
‘‘What won them the game was their fitness, which they’ve been working on all season.’’
The under 17s finished second on the ladder and had been amongst the best teams during the year.
Only three players will step up to seniors next year and Hollie said they should have a strong side again in 2018.
Kira Niven was awarded best player in the final with other stand out performances from Livia Rosaia in goal defence and Abbey Hromenko who played a tough game in goal attack. Elmore’s under 17 netballers celebrate the Heathcote and District Netball League premierships.