Lak­ers leave Lions to lick their wounds

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A grade

DE­SPITE a seven-goal grand­fi­nal heart­break, Stan­hope coach Ker­rie Gray said the Lions can hold their heads high for what was a stel­lar sea­son.

Trav­el­ling to Nagam­bie to take on the jug­ger­naut in a show­stop­ping game, the Lions kept pace un­til the fi­nal term, go­ing down 47-40.

‘‘We were dis­ap­pointed — of course — but you have to keep it all in per­spec­tive. It was a tightly con­tested game but blew out a bit in the last quar­ter,’’ Gray said.

Chicky Barr put in a solid ef­fort in goals as usual and Molly Breen and Jenna Oliver had their work cut out for them in de­fence against the Lak­ers.

‘‘It was tough. It’s im­por­tant now to take a break. Peo­ple were dis­ap­pointed but you’ve got to keep it all in per­spec­tive,’’ Gray said.

B grade

MER­RIGUM claimed the B grade Kyabram District Net­ball League pre­mier­ship 49-41 against Tal­ly­ga­roopna in Satur­day’s Mooroopna Recre­ation Re­serve de­cider.

The Bull­dogs started strong shoot­ing quick goals straight from the open­ing whis­tle, with Tal­ly­ga­roopna push­ing back strong in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Mer­rigum’s ex­pe­ri­enced and ma­ture play­ers showed bal­ance through­out the game and drew from each other’s strengths.

“We all kept our heads and we were lucky enough that we had peo­ple to trans­fer on from the bench and it didn’t make any neg­a­tive dif­fer­ence to the team,” Mer­rigum coach Leesa Ho­gan said.

In­ter­cepts down the court and tough play were the or­der of the day for Bull­dogs cap­tain Laura Gor­don in her match-up with Tal­ly­ga­roopna’s Kylie Mer­gian.

Stacey Fitzsim­mons’ de­ci­sion to de­lay a holiday was jus­ti­fied with best-on-court hon­ours.

Un­der 17

MER­RIGUM came out fir­ing right from the first whis­tle, with its head firmly in the game to com­plete an un­de­feated sea­son against Tal­ly­ga­roopna.

The Bull­dogs pro­duced con­sis­tent net­ball for all four quar­ters and al­ways had the lead, cap­ping their banger of a sea­son with a 37-16 vic­tory.

Mer­rigum skip­per Naomi Shaw came off in the fourth quar­ter with a sprained an­kle, but her team picked up the slack and kept push­ing right un­til the end.

Goal shooter Abby Har­gadon played strong and was dom­i­nant the whole way through, along with team­mates Maddy Wil­son and Bre­anna Baker who held the fort as wing at­tack and goal at­tack.

Goal de­fence Jorja Tran­ter was awarded best on court for an out­stand­ing dis­play of de­fence.

Un­der 15

HAV­ING lost to Mer­rigum twice through­out the sea­son, Gir­garre took sweet re­demp­tion with a 31-25 win in Satur­day’s grand fi­nal.

The Roos went in qui­etly con­fi­dent and chock-full of be­lief, with strong team­work par­tic­u­larly in the third quar­ter earn­ing them a two-goal lead.

El­iz­a­beth Pan­grazio was a stand-out, tak­ing home the medal for best on court for de­fen­sive bril­liance through­out the de­cider.

Chelsee Flem­ing stood up as one of the younger girls on the team to play cen­tre for the first time, with Heidi McKen­zie and Lilli Pa­tience fill­ing the mid­court roles and ex­celling.

Nagam­bie play­ers cel­e­brate win­ning the A grade pre­mier­ship.

Gir­garre took the Un­der 15 hon­ours.

Mer­rigum were B grade pre­miers.

The vic­to­ri­ous Mer­rigum Un­der 17s.

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