Maids fall short in de­cider O&K NETBALL By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

BRIGHT was un­able to cap off its dream fi­nals run with one last vic­tory on Satur­day.

The Moun­tain Maids went down to Be­nalla by five goals in the in­au­gu­ral Ovens and King un­der 15s netball grand fi­nal at Wan­garatta’s WJ Findlay Oval.

The 24-19 re­sult gave the All Blacks their first netball flag in any grade in the com­pe­ti­tion.

In an en­ter­tain­ing first match of the day just one goal sep­a­rated the two teams at the first break be­fore the strong play of Be­nalla over the next two quar­ters gave the All Blacks con­trol.

After trail­ing 13-10 at half­time Bright found them­selves seven goals down ahead of the fi­nal stanza after Be­nalla outscored them 7-4 in the third quar­ter.

Bright twice cut the mar­gin to four late in the game but couldn’t get any closer as the All Blacks main­tained their com­po­sure un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

Bright coach Marnie Witts said she and fel­low coach Tracy Fitz­patrick couldn’t be hap­pier with the ef­forts of their young team after com­ing from fourth on the lad­der to play off in the de­cider.

“We’re so proud of the girls they had such a good fi­nals cam­paign, they im­proved so much over the sea­son and are al­ready talk­ing about next year,” she said.

“To have gone from not think­ing we wouldn’t win a game all sea­son after the first round, to mak­ing the grand fi­nal was amaz­ing.

“It was prob­a­bly about round 10 when we re­ally started win games con­sis­tently and climb up the lad­der.

“In our fi­nals cam­paign be beat some teams we didn’t beat dur­ing the home and away sea­son and un­for­tu­nately Be­nalla were just to good on Satur­day, we played so well but just didn’t con­vert when we needed to.”

Ash­ley Farmer, who cut short her hol­i­day in Thai­land to play in the grand fi­nal, was one Bright’s best play­ers while Het­tie Hurst fin­ished with 15 goals.

Be­nalla’s Aneiki Pierce was named best-on-court for her strong game in at­tack. PRES­SURE: Ash­ley Farmer de­fends against Be­nalla’s Holly Mor­ri­son. Grant Har­ris tack­les Steve Why­brow. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

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