Moun­tain Maids miss spot in grand fi­nal

Myrtleford Times - - Myrtleford Savoy -

Bright’s C grade and un­der 15 net­ball sides have crashed out of this year’s Ovens and King fi­nals.

Af­ter los­ing semi-fi­nal matches to Bon­nie Doon and Greta re­spec­tively on Septem­ber 1, C grade was downed by King Val­ley in Satur­day’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal while the un­der 15 girls fell to Whorouly.

Both losses brought to an end sea­sons that promised so much af­ter the two teams dom­i­nated their re­spec­tive com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the home and away sea­sons on their way to claim­ing mi­nor pre­mier­ships.

The two teams lost just one game each dur­ing the 18 round reg­u­lar sea­son be­fore their early fi­nals ex­its.

In Satur­day’s C grade match against King Val­ley, Bright looked in omi­nous form early open­ing up a three-goal ad­van­tage at quar­ter time.

They were lim­ited to just six goals from nine at­tempts in the sec­ond term but still led by a goal at the main break.

In a third quar­ter that saw the de­fence of both teams on top, forc­ing nu­mer­ous turnovers but also plenty of un­forced er­rors, King Val­ley gained con­trol.

The Roos’ six goals were enough to see them grab the lead as Bright’s shoot­ers made just four of their 13 shots.

Both Tessa Wil­liams and Lily Ri­cardi, stand­out play­ers this sea­son as the C grade lead­ing goal shooter and league best and fairest win­ner re­spec­tively, also strug­gled in the last.

The pair shot just 6 of 17 in the fi­nal quar­ter while King Val­ley made the most of their chances net­ting 8 of 11 to claim a 26-29 win.

Un­like their club­mates the un­der 15s trailed at ev­ery break.

A strong third term saw Bright nar­row a four-goal half­time deficit to one at three quar­ter time, how­ever Whorouly man­aged two more goals from their nine shots in the fi­nal stanza to win 27-24.

Is­abella Saric and Ash­lee O’Neil were the stand­outs for the Lions who came from fur­ther back than Bright did a year ago to qual­ify for the grand fi­nal.

Whorouly fin­ished the home and away sea­son in fifth spot, one place lower than Bright in 2017 who were beaten by Be­nalla in last year’s de­cider.

Bright un­der 15 co-coach Marni Witts said her team missed first-choice de­fender Amy Ditcham while also ad­mit­ting that nerves may have played a part.

“When you’re at the top that ex­pec­ta­tion is huge, and I think all the girls were quite ner­vous, par­tic­u­larly in our first fi­nal,” she said.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing for things to end the way they did but we had an amaz­ing sea­son and the thing my­self and Tracy (Fitz­patrick) are so proud of is the sports­man­ship of the girls, that’s some­thing we’ve tried to in­stil in them.”

FI­NALS FRENZY: Arnika Filippi was called upon in the sec­ond half of Bright’s C grade net­ball clash against King Val­ley on Satur­day. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

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