Undefeated Demons sink Hoppers
second term, every pass was pressured, every goal was cheered and the teams still couldn’t push the other away.
At halftime the Demons led by just three goals, 24-21 with a 10-8 quarter to Milawa coming on the back of some fantastic plays.
The third term was evenly poised, both sides scored eight goals, and the battle for the ball slowed the tempo of the match with prize in possession outweighing the need to score heavily.
It set up a thrilling final quarter.
An 11-8 rally by Milawa in the final term clinched a game-winning lead - Moyhu were going to come out and really fire and they did.
“I am just so proud of the team and especially the younger girls, they stood up, did their job and played really well and kept a level head; that’s all I could ask for.”
Michelini said Noemi Brockhoff and Gemma Gaul were outstanding and will
out to just a one-goal lead at halftime, 20-19.
That lead was all the break Milawa needed, and while it fluctuated ballooning to 11 goals at one stage, the Hoppers never cut the deficit below five goals for the remainder of the match.
Demons wing attack Gemma Gaul was named best on court as one of the younger players that was able to step up and adapt for the winners, displaying patience around the goal circle and valued possession when moving the ball forward.
Kim and Kerri Michelini both shot at 74 per cent with Kim scoring 25 goals and Kerri chipping in 17 for the champions.
The Hoppers balanced their scoring load with Zoe Rasmussen scoring 16 goals and Sophie Holmberg nailing 17 shots.
“It doesn’t matter where you finish, Moyhu proved that, they made us work hard and full credit to them for a massive finals,” Milawa’s B reserve coach Kim Michelini said.
“We knew we had to dig deep on Saturday, we knew
(left) Milawa Demons' B reserve premiership team comprising (from left, back) Sophie Colin, Lacie Evans, Emily Hourigan, Kerri and Kim Michelini; (front) Chloe Cavicchiolo, Susan Bennett, Noei Brockhoff, Gemma Gaul.
AT RIGHT: Gemma Gaul was named best on court for her game on Saturday. PHOTOS: Marc Bongers
BY CAM POTTER cpotter@ nemedia.com.au
UNDEFEATED - that is how Milawa Demons’ B reserve side can look back on the grand final against Moyhu and the season in 2017.
But the Demons will also remember the tremendous pressure the Hoppers put on them in the first half and the hard work Milawa needed to put in to reach the ultimate goal in the nine-goal, 42-33 win on Saturday.
It was the B reserve Demons’ fifth straight grand final and having lost the previous two finals, they weren’t about to let this opportunity go.
The Hoppers jumped out of the sheds, going hell for leather early and with the defensive duo of Kim Saunders and Michelle Graf rattling Demon shooters Kim and Kerri Michelini early, Moyhu gained the early lead.
The quarter time siren came at the wrong time for the Hoppers, as their momentum halted and it allowed the Demons back into the match.
The mix of experience and youth in Milawa’s team really stood tall as they got
BY CAM POTTER cpotter@ nemedia.com.au
A DOMINIANT showing from veteran Milawa shooter Rhonda Bennett led the Demons to victory by six goals over Greta in the B grade grand final at the WJ Findlay Oval on Saturday.
The match started at fever pitch with both sides seemingly settled into their rhythm early, entertaining the growing crowd with quick play, awesome defensive pressure and accurate shooting.
Milawa took a narrow one-goal lead at the first change, but it was well and truly anyone’s game.
Greta’s A grade coach Lindsey Humphries started on fire for the Blues shooting eight goals from eight attempts to keep her side in the hunt.
Milawa’s midcourt took a hit with coach Rachael Llewellyn leaving the court with what appeared to be a jarred knee and took no further playing part in the match.
The intensity lifted to a truly ferocious speed in the
only learn from the experience.
“They smashed it; I was so proud of both of them,” she said.
“They have both come up from the under 17s and haven’t had a lot of exposure to playing against senior ladies and it takes a while to adjust.
“They played well, it was a great win.”