Jer­ilderie earn back-to-back flag wins

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Jer­ilderie’s C grade claimed back-to-back flags when they downed mi­nor premier Pi­cola United in the Pi­cola League North West grand fi­nal in Blighty on Satur­day.

It was a last quar­ter blitz by the Demons that saw them 13 goals clear at the fi­nal whis­tle to claim the top hon­our, 38 to 25.

It was a tight con­test through­out, with Jer­ilderie lead­ing by just four goals at three quar­ter time.

But in the fi­nal term, the Demons found an­other gear, with coach Elisha Conn thrilled with the re­sult.

‘‘It was great to win a premier­ship with a great bunch of ladies who made it a great sea­son,’’ she said.

‘‘The girls worked hard and each and every player did what was re­quired of them to get the win.’’

It was shooter Tanya Love­hill who was awarded with the best on court medal for her ef­forts in GA.

Conn praised the ef­forts of her en­tire team though, with a spread of tal­ent across the court.

‘‘Skye Nash stepped up from the Under 17s and pro­vided great drive through the mid-court,’’ she said.

‘‘Ca­rina Ro­rato did a fan­tas­tic job of shut­ting down Pi­cola’s shooter, keep­ing her to only two goals for the game.

‘‘Tanya Brad­ford was im­pres­sive in de­fence as well, ham­per­ing Pi­cola’s ef­forts to get the ball into their goal ring.

‘‘Eden Her­cus and Tanya Love­hill were strong in the goal ring.

‘‘They came up against a phys­i­cal Pi­cola de­fence and held their own.’’

Un­for­tu­nately for Jer­ilderie, they were un­able to claim vic­tory in the Under 17s de­cider, go­ing down to Strath­mer­ton by eight goals.

The Demons had a tremen­dous year, fin­ish­ing as mi­nor premier and drop­ping just one game be­fore the grand fi­nal loss.

Jer­ilderie C grade pre­miers (back, from left) Ruth McRae (as­sis­tant coach), Laura Ham, Tanya Love­hill, Sally Simp­son, Loretta Walker, Co­rina Ro­rato, Eden Her­cus, Tanya Brad­ford and Elisha Conn (coach); (front) Phoebe Aitken, Skye Nash, Grace Leeds and Tif­fany Sut­ton.

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