Hop­pers claim third con­sec­u­tive flag

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THE MUCH-AN­TIC­I­PATED Heathcote and Dis­trict Net­ball League A grade grand fi­nal re­match at Huntly be­tween Col­binab­bin and White Hills lived up to all the hype on Satur­day.

It was a tough, hard-fought af­fair with many pas­sages of bril­liant net­ball on dis­play.

White Hills ap­plied lots of de­fen­sive pres­sure for the whole game and Col­binab­bin was made to work hard for ev­ery goal, with the tus­sle be­tween goal shooter Lou Dupuy and the De­mon’s goal­keeper great to watch.

Coach Lizzie Cob­bledick led from the front, do­ing a power of work to help bring the ball down the court and then fin­ished off her work, goal­ing ac­cu­rately for the match.

Thanks to awe­some de­fen­sive it work by Kate Chirn­side, Holly Guerra and Bry­die Law­ford, Col­binab­bin was able to pull ahead in the last quar­ter to win 43-40 and claim its third con­sec­u­tive A grade premier­ship.

League best and fairest win­ner Bry­die Law­ford capped off an amaz­ing sea­son to be named best on court.

The Col­binab­bin un­der 17s net­ball team should be ex­tremely proud of it­self, to play off in the grand fi­nal was a well de­served ef­fort.

With many new club mem­bers this sea­son, it took some time be­fore the team started to com­bine.

The scores at half time were even and the Hop­pers played hard for back-to-back suc­cess.

But, El­more’s ac­cu­rate pass­ing and abil­ity to get the ball down its end re­sulted in it ul­ti­mately win­ning the grand fi­nal 38-32.

Best play­ers were Abbey Blow, Mardi Ryan and Harper Pear­son.

Af­ter be­ing un­beaten all year, the un­der 15 Col­binab­bin team un­for­tu­nately went down to Lock­ing­ton in the grand fi­nal.

A tight first half saw scores level at half time, with lots of great pas­sages of net­ball on dis­play.

Some great de­fen­sive work by Lock­ing­ton in the third quar­ter meant it was able to force er­rors and skipped away in the third to go into the last quar­ter 10 goals ahead of Col­binab­bin.

Some po­si­tional changes by coach Karen Fuller worked and the Col­binab­bin girls fought back in the last, but un­for­tu­nately ran out of time to lose 38-42.

Col­binab­bin’s bet­ter play­ers on the day were Lizzie In­gram, Tanzin My­ers and Dom Palmer.

The girls should be con­grat­u­lated on a great sea­son and spec­ta­tors have loved watch­ing the amaz­ing net­ball they have played all year.

Col­binab­bin A grade net­ballers cel­e­brate their 2017 premier­ship.

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