Lakers leave Lions to lick their wounds
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.
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.
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.
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.