Net­ball grand­fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

DOU­GLAS Net­ball cel­e­brated the grandfinal last week, with the games spread over the week due to poor weather and a few play­ers be­ing ab­sent.

In the Un­der-10s, the Net Set Go girls en­joyed their fi­nal games for the year with Ali­son and Michelle, and the Beach Babes and the Young Stars played a fan­tas­tic fi­nal game.

The Stars started off well, shoot­ing the first goal and by half time the teams were two goals each. The Babes took the third quar­ter shoot­ing three goals to nil and kept the pres­sure on to take the win 5-2.

The Un­der- 12 grandfinal was played a week early this year to en­able one of the teams to play their full side-af­ter all the hard work put in by the kids to get to the fi­nal.

In the first quar­ter the Saints were un­stop­pable, hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion with some fab­u­lous plays by Jay Hei­dke and Jaime Thurtell, but were a lit­tle un­lucky in the goal cir­cle with seven at­tempts.

The Di­a­monds’ Kyah Fran­cis made the most of the three rare op­por­tu­ni­ties to score and were the first on the board with one goal.

The Saints’ de­fence made it hard fought. In the sec­ond quar­ter Stella Bur­nett scored for the Saints early and from there the Di­a­monds took con­trol with some stel­lar shoot­ing from Jas­mine Kirk and Kyah Fran­cis, run­ning out to to a 6-1 lead.

Both teams played spec­tac­u­larly in the third, with the Di­a­monds’ de­fence by Faith Kemp­ster and Mia Devine keep­ing t he Saints score­less. Saints cen­tre court play­ers Kate Padovan and Maddi San­tarossa made some un­be­liev­able in­ter­cepts and kept the ball mov­ing down the court with style.

The 4th quar­ter was equal for both sides, scor­ing two goals apiece and both sides showed why they were in the grandfinal, not least for their great sports­man­ship at the fi­nal siren, shak­ing hands and shar­ing pizza (thanks to Jodi Fran­cis) and laughs.

Fi­nal score: Di­a­monds 11 de­feated the Saints 3. Best and Fairest: Faith Kemp­ster.

Play­ers choice: Mia Devine and Jay Hei­dke.

The 14- 16/ Un­der grandfinal be­tween the Strik­ers and Young Guns 1 was de­ferred to the Thurs­day at the Moss­man In­door cen­tre due to poor weather. The Strik­ers ended the first quar­ter with a 4-nil lead. The sec­ond quar­ter saw a turn­around with the Young Guns shoot­ing 9 goals to 4, Sasha Lowen­steinJones and Piper Adams in the cir­cle, the pace was on with both teams play­ing bril­liantly in all po­si­tions.

The teams’ skills were tested at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity with the slight­est mis­judge­ment pounced upon by the op­po­si­tion, which made it a great game to watch. There were with plenty of in­ter­cepts as each team put in a to­tal ef­fort work­ing the ball to goals. By the end of the third quar­ter the Guns were up by two goals which set up the last quar­ter to be a thriller, and it did not dis­ap­point.

The Young Guns’ de­fence was ex­em­plary with Ella Dodds and Keely Harold work­ing over­time keep­ing the Strik­ers shoot­ers Lau­ren Rad­cliffe and Michaela Good­win un­der pres­sure at ev­ery at­tempt at goal. The Guns’ de­fence never waned but the Strik­ers’ shoot­ers man­aged to work through shoot­ing 10-4 in the last quar­ter, with a great ef­fort by Madi Mal­one and Sa­maria Den­man keep­ing the ball in the Strik­ers’ pos­ses­sion. Fi­nal score: 21-17 to the Strik­ers.

Last Tues­day night the se­nior grandfinal was ready to start at Port Courts but the un­pre­dictable weather sent down an­other belt of rain and wind. Not to be put off the games were trans­ferred to the Moss­man In­door Cen­tre.

Di­vi­sion 3 was played be­tween the 14/Un­der Reps team and the Gun­nars, the young Reps with two subs and plenty of en­ergy play­ing a great game against their older op­po­si­tion who were down to the bare seven on court for the night. The Reps, who had only been beaten once over the year by the Gun­nars, were not about to let it hap­pen again, and took the court with gusto, get­ting the ball into their cir­cle 23 times to seven shoot­ing just six goals to three. Fan­tas­tic de­fence by the Gun­nars kept the score down for the fourth quar­ters with no easy goals given. From the sec­ond quar­ter on the game set­tled; the pace was fast and pres­sure was on ev­ery pass with the Reps edg­ing away. The Gun­nars made a great come- back in the fourth, shoot­ing nine goals to six but couldn’t sus­tain it to win. Fi­nal score: 32-22 to the Reps.

Best play­ers: Madi Mal­one, Sa­maria Den­man, Tyler Mous, Lau­ren Rad­cliffe, Casey Kemp, Bindi, Mel Fer­rero and Me­gan Newell.

The Di­vi­sion 2 grandfinal was be­tween the Young Jets and Dy­na­mite, who joined the se­nior comp this year com­ing up from the ju­niors, al­though a num­ber of the girls have played se­nior net­ball in rep teams in past years.

The game started with plenty of pace, both teams bring­ing their A game to court. Dy­na­mite were a goal up in the first quar­ter de­spite the Jets hav­ing more at­tempts at the other end of the court. For the next two quar­ters the pres­sure con­tin­ued with the Jets up by just one goal at three quar­ter time.

The Jets stead­ied, show­ing skill and dis­ci­pline to hold the Dy­na­mite team to five goals while shoot­ing 11 to take the win.

A fan­tas­tic game to watch, show­cas­ing th­ese young girls and a credit to their coaches Sharon Beechey and Cassandra Hill in bring­ing them through to this level of play. Best play­ers: Meg Goodall, Saskia Wanklyn, Natalie Lit­tler, Rae Page, Tahlia Peter­son and for Dy­na­mite Jess Ea­gle-Rowe, Tayler Durie, Eleisha Meal­ing, Si­mone Pringle and Bronte Lowen­stein-Jones.

Di­vi­sion 1 saw an­other close game be­tween top teams Cougars and Crocs 1 faced off. The game was a bat­tle be­tween ex­pe­ri­ence and youth, the Crocs team av­er­ag­ing 20 year of age against their older ri­vals.

All year the teams have been neck and neck and the grandfinal was to be no dif­fer­ent.

The Cougars shot 15 to 13 in the first quar­ter, with the Crocs lev­el­ling the score by half time. De­spite a gal­lant ef­fort by the Cougars the Crocs kept com­ing, edg­ing away by three goals at the third quar­ter siren.

The fi­nal quar­ter saw the Cougars with 20 shots at goal to the Crocs 17, but the Crocs had the ac­cu­racy on the night tak­ing the win by 5 goals. Fi­nal score: 45-40. Best play­ers: Rhi­an­non Schreiber

Blat­tner, Rochelle Miller, Char­lotte Tur­vey, Si­mone Tesch, Kelly King, Gemma Gwilliams and Dani Bellero.

The se­nior pre­sen­ta­tion will be held at Port Courts to­mor­row, Septem­ber 13, at 6.30pm, tick­ets $35. There will be a three- course meal, lucky door prize, awards, drinks at bar prices and mu­sic un­der the stars.

Thank you to all the coaches, um­pires, team man­agers, par­ents and play­ers for mak­ing the year a great suc­cess, we hope to see you all back again next year.

A very big thank you to our spon­sors, par­tic­u­larly Sun Palm Ex­press for do­nat­ing a 56 seater

bus ev­ery week to trans­port the play­ers across from Moss­man.

The Ju­nior pre­sen­ta­tion will be held shortly af­ter school re­turns in Oc­to­ber.

Strik­ers

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