Hawks score gutsy win over rivals in elimination final
Drouin’s three teams will continue into week two of finals with A grade scoring a gutsy two-goal win over local rivals Warragul.
It was a big turnaround for the Hawks who had lost its two games against the Gulls during the season. A grade: Elimination Final: Drouin 33 defeated Warragul 31. Drouin had to play gutsy netball to come away with a win and keep its finals hopes alive.
Whilst both teams would concede it was not their best netball, the pressure was intense throughout and made it a great spectacle.
Defensive pressure was optimum from both teams. Drouin’s circle defenders Nikki Bryce and Ebony Mumford were superb, regularly sending Drouin back into attack. Their work rate was outstanding and kept Drouin in the contest.
Players in the midcourt were under relentless attack as the ball went from end to end often without reward.
The final quarter was extremely tight, with Drouin holding its nerve to score a narrow but satisfying victory.
Drouin will head to Maffra to take on Moe on Sunday in what should be another cracking match. Awards: Eb Mumford and Nikki Bryce C grade: Qualifying Final: Drouin 28 lost to Traralgon 37. This was a tough, physical match and Drouin was very competitive for three quarters. Unfortunately, Traralgon proved too strong in the end.
On a positive note, this was the closest margin between these two teams this year. This shows Drouin are building and still improving with at least another week of finals to come.
In attack, Drouin worked hard but Traralgon’s pressure was relentless, making it hard for the Hawks to convert from their turnovers.
In defence, the Hawks were ruthless too, creating many turnovers as usual. Both circle defenders Lateisha Edwards and Monique Adrichem were outstanding, combining beautifully to regain possession for the Hawks.
Drouin is now off to Maffra on Sunday for a big match against Wonthaggi. Awards: Lateisha Edwards and Monique Adrichem. Under 15s: Qualifying Final: Drouin 28 lost to Bairnsdale 35. This was a tight contest for the first half as both teams played great defensive netball.
Drouin was always in chase position and, in the end, Bairnsdale extended its to score a hard-fought win.
The Hawks had some fantastic passages of play when they were able to move the ball quickly. However, this was difficult in the cold, slippery conditions which had a significant impact on timing.
Ella Gown and Lucy McKellar got some great intercepts and deflections in the goal circle. Olivia Konstanty worked tirelessly at goal attack, shooting under considerable pressure from the Bairnsdale defence.
No doubt the Hawks girls will train even harder to work through the roadblocks and come out fighting on Sunday when they continue their finals campaign.
Awards: Ella Gown, Lucy McKellar and Olivia Konstanty.
Drouin’s Christie Edwards, together with Kelly Hedley, drive Drouin further into finals after a 33-31 win over Warragul in A grade.