Hawks score gutsy win over ri­vals in elim­i­na­tion fi­nal

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LIFTOUT -

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.

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