U17s win premiership
BONNIE Doon’s under 17 netballers have won their first ever premiership since joining the Ovens and King league, defeating Glenrowan by 18 goals in the Ovens and King grand final in Wangaratta on Saturday.
In a remarkable run of success, only dropping two games through the season, Bonnie Doon entered Saturday’s final underdogs as the side was unable to defeat Glenrowan in the home and away season.
After a momentous win the previous Saturday against King Valley, the girls trained well through the week and remained calm and focused through the lead up to the big game.
Doon started well in the first quarter with immense pressure in defence causing Glenrowan to turn over the ball on countless occasions.
Sophie Woodward played a breakout quarter that saw her find form early, shutting down the drive of the Glenrowan wing attack and slowing the flow into the goal ring.
Milli Howland moved into the wing attack position in the latter part of the season and her contribution on Saturday was stellar, easily finding space and drive through the mid court.
Coach Michelle Tanner said she expected her team to be better adjusted in the final and more settled as they were in the first final against Glenrowan, and this showed taking a one goal lead at the first break.
The crowd roared as Bonnie Doon kicked it up a notch in the second, with the goalers taking centre stage.
Glenrowan showed concern early in the week, stating that their focus was to “limit the influence of Mia Tanner”, however, Tanner showed strength and determination beyond her years, domi- nating the mid court and goal ring and helping her team to an eight goal lead at the main break.
Bonnie Doon were settled and in control leading into the third, where Cass Turner returned to her season best form, taking some inspirational intercepts in the mid court, shutting down any momentum Glenrowan tried to find.
Coach Tanner said that important games are won in defence, and that would be the key to success.
“Cass can be a game changer with the way she instinctively reads the play and we need her to fire up if we are going to beat Glenrowan,” Tanner said before the game.
The defensive combo of Turner and captain Bec Watson was text book perfection with Watson completely taking the goal shooter out of contention.
Her workload increased each quarter causing numerous held balls as frustration crept into Glenrowan’s game as the offensive contacts mounted.
Doon led at the last break by 12 but knew that the game was not won until the final whistle.
With t he momentum going Doon’s way for most of the game, Faith Howland and Amy Bell held fast in the substitute positions, supporting their team and gaining the respect of both their coaches and fellow players.
“Powerhouse” Bridgette Fox stayed strong in the centre position and was a class above her opponent all day, and was crucial in the mid court racking up the goal assists and intercepts having a big impact.
Unquestionably best on court on Saturday was Doon’s Angel Graham, who was quiet early, but then with a new found confidence stepped up in the attack end dominating her defender and scoring easily.
Tanner said Graham is the quiet achiever down in the goal ring and isn’t rated highly enough by the opposition.
“Angel is very deceiving and shoots at a very high percentage each week, and the ball movement between her and Mia shows maturity that isn’t normally seen at their age,” Tanner said.
At the final whistle Bonnie Doon smashed Glenrowan by 18 goals, taking the first ever flag for their club since entering the Ovens and King league in 2009.
In the after match speeches Bec Watson thanked her club and her team, stating that “they were more of a family”, and coach Michelle Tanner congratulated her girls saying that all their hard work had paid off.
Taking the honours also on Saturday was Angel Graham, claiming the trophy for MVP in the grand final, and also earning her a special gift from one of our generous sponsors, Phudleys, who donated a watch to the best on court for the day.
The coaching group at Doon would like to thank the incredible amount of support from the crowd on Saturday and everyone who came out to support the Baby Bomberettes, our major sponsor Vantage Fuels and also the umpires who created a fair and sportsmanlike playing field for both teams.
HISTORY MAKERS: Bonnie Doon’s under 17 netballers claimed the side’s first ever premiership in the Ovens and King league on the weekend, defeating Glenrowan by 18 goals. Team members are (not in order) Angel Graham, Mia Tanner, Millicent Howland, Bridgette Fox, Sophie Woodward, Cassie Turner, Becky Watson, Faith Howland and Amy Bell.
TOUGH TUSSLE: Bonnie Doon’s Mia Tanner and Glenrowan's Anna Wallis compete for the ball.