Hands up if you’re keen to play fi­nals

McIvor Times - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID RAK

Spring is just around the cor­ner which means fi­nals are in the air across the re­gion. On Sunday, Heath­cote netballer Kayla Melling was de­fend­ing res­o­lutely against Col­binab­bin's Megan Leask in the Heath­cote and District Net­ball league B re­serve net­ball elim­i­na­tion fi­nal. While the net­ballers bowed out, the Saints’ un­der 12 foot­ball team is through to the fi­nals in the Bendigo Ju­nior Foot­ball League and the Heath­cote Pan­thers Bas­ket­ball Club also has teams in post-sea­son ac­tion.

HEATH­COTE’S B Re­serve net­ballers are out of the fi­nals af­ter a 12-point loss to Col­binab­bin on Sunday.

Nerves got the bet­ter of the young Saints, who were un­able to con­tend with the Hop­pers’ de­fen­sive pres­sure and ac­cu­rate goal­ing.

A strong start from the Saints meant it was a tight match at the first break, but Col­binab­bin came out fir­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter to es­tab­lish a healthy lead.

Solid per­for­mances from Kayla Melling, Katie Scat­tolin and Ge­or­gia Good­win meant Heath­cote fin­ished strongly, but it wasn’t enough to peg the Hop­pers back – who ran out com­fort­able 47-35 win­ners.

Heath­cote coach Mel Har­ris said the re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing but she was pleased with the progress of the young side.

“Col­binab­bin beat us twice dur­ing the sea­son, so I was happy the girls were com­pet­i­tive,” she said.

“It’s only our sec­ond year of hav­ing a B Re­serve team. We only won two games last year, so mak­ing fi­nals is a huge im­prove­ment.

“Noth­ing went hor­ri­bly wrong. We just didn’t quite nail the ba­sics and were beaten by a stronger side on the day.”

Har­ris said the pos­i­tive per­for­mance this sea­son pro­vides plenty of mo­ti­va­tion for next year’s cam­paign.

“I’m very pleased with the girl’s progress. They’ve come a long way in their de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

“Thanks to all the sup­port­ers for their en­cour­age­ment over the sea­son and on Sunday.

“I also want to thank our spon­sors Heath­cote Ru­ral Mer­chan­dise and Cantina Bendigo.”

Heath­cote's Han­nah Goss shoots un­der pres­sure from Col­binab­bin's Sha­nee Squire in Sunday’s B re­serve net­ball elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

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