Ju­nior Bloods bask in premier­ship glory

Campaspe News - - SPORT -

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.

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