Maids ad­vance to semi fi­nals

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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.

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