Hoppers claim third consecutive flag
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.