High hopes for 2017
MATHOURA’S B grade is looking forward to next season after falling agonisingly short of a premiership in 2017.
The Timbercutters fell one goal short of Strathmerton in their Picola and District League grand final last weekend, with the Bulldogs victorious 33-32 in Blighty.
It was a game that saw momentum swing back and forward with the Timbercutters getting the jump on Strathy leading by as much as six goals during the first quarter.
The Bulldogs managed to peg back the margin with Mathoura leading 9 to 8 at the first break.
Strathy would then pull away to what would become a match winning lead in the second, leading the Timbercutters 22 to 15 at the main break.
The battle continued in the third and despite their best efforts, the Timbercutters were unable to put a dent in the deficit, scores at 28 to 21 heading into the last.
Mathoura were determined in the final quarter, swinging momentum in their favour and scoring big.
The Timbercutters crowds voices began to lift as their girls edged closer to the Bulldogs, setting up an exciting finish.
Unfortunately for Mathoura, they simply ran out of time, with Strathmerton victorious as the final whistle was blown.
Best on court was awarded to Strathmerton’s Georgia Ryan.
Mathoura playing coach Kat Wippel said that if there was a couple more minutes on the clock, that her side would’ve been victorious.
‘‘That last quarter was a massive effort from all the girls,’’ she said.
‘‘The whole game we felt that we were close to them and that it was a tight game.
‘‘We had all the momentum late in the game but we were beaten by the final whistle.’’
Wippel praised the efforts of her side, saying that they had a tremendous season.
‘‘We only lost three games and had one draw in the normal season, so that’s pretty good,’’ she said.
‘‘We were struggling for numbers in our netball department until the halfway point of the season, so it’s a credit to the girls that we even made it into the grand final.
‘‘It was our effort on and off the court that got us there and it paid off by us making it to the last day of the finals.
‘‘As a player I’m devastated that we couldn’t win but as a coach I’m proud of just how close we came to a premiership win.
‘‘I’ve had an amazing year as coach and I can’t wait for what the next season will bring.’’
Spring in her step: Mathoura defender Shannon Mills leaps high in the air to pressure the Strathmerton shooter in the Picola and District league B grade grand final.