Maids advance to semi finals
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 By JUSTIN JENVEY
BRIGHT is again through to the semi-finals in Ovens and King A grade netball after overcoming King Valley at Moyhu on Sunday.
The Mountain Maids claimed a one-goal thriller over last year’s runner up to advance to week two of the finals for the second straight year.
Like they did in last year’s elimination final against Milawa the Mountain Maids finished stronger than their opponent, coming from two goals down to beat the Roos 42-41.
Bright will now face Tarrawingee who defeated them in last year’s semifinal and on both occasions during the 2018 home and away season.
“We are really excited to be there for another week,” coach Georgie Matters said.
“We’re the underdog in the semi-finals but we’ve just got to have self-belief that we can take it up to Tarra and see if we can’t stay around for another week.”
Sunday’s match was never more than two goals the difference at any change and Matters said she was thrilled with the way her team persist- ed to achieve a winning result.
“I don’t think Saturday was our best game, it was pretty scrappy and was heavily contested for a lot of the match,” she said.
“We lacked a little bit in our second phase going into attack, but we worked hard on being more patient with our movement into the goal circle compared to the week before.”
Matters said goal shooter Emily O’Neil was huge for the Mountain Maids particularly at key stages in the match.
“Em played really well under pressure, it was a nervy start from everybody and our goals weren’t going but after that first quarter she really settled and shot well,” Matters said.
“She probably helped (goal attack) Kate (Buckley) regain her composure late in the game too.”
O’Neil finished with a game high 29 goals while Matters also praised the efforts of defensive pairing Elli Buckely and Zerlina Green.
Centre Allyce Whinray also worked tirelessly in warm conditions and made a crucial intercept that resulted in Bright going up by two goals in the final min- utes of the game.
“At three quarter time I said to the girls to make sure we take advantage of every little chance and to just leave everything out there on the court,” Matters said.
“It was actually a surprise at the final whistle to realise we were up because it was one of those games where you were just focused on each play and not the score with how close it was.”
Earlier in the day Bright’s B Reserve advanced to the semifinals by defeating Whorouly 35-28.
Tracy Fitzpatrick and Natalie Kelly starred for Bright www.myrtlefordtimes.com.au to bring to an end the Lions’ season.
On Saturday Bright’s B grade crashed out of the after being outclassed by Greta in the second half of their elimination final.
The Mountain Maids were outscored 24 to 7 in the second half as they lost 48-25.
Meanwhile Whorouly’s under 15s progressed after comfortably downing Milawa 33-19 thanks to the efforts of Ruby Croucher and Siena Fuller.
Unfortunately, the Lions’ C grade team were no match for a powerful King Valley going down 20-53.