Mansfield Courier

Three for Bonnie Doon flag hopefuls

- By MICHELLE TANNER

IN a momentous last round of netball home and away matches in the Ovens and King Netball League, Bonnie Doon girls did themselves proud with four wins and only one loss.

The Under 15 and B Grade teams now head into the finals this week and B Reserve the following week as they finished the season in second place.

A GRADE: Bonnie Doon 50 defeated Bright 41

BONNIE Doon’s A Grade netballers definitely went out with a bang.

The young group of girls who have had a challengin­g season with many ups and downs finally found their feet in their last season game, giving them high hopes for next year.

Goal scorers Heidi Summers and Steph Ward played a confident and collected game in the ring on Saturday with very few balls missing the ring.

Textbook channels and drives from Sarah Walker, Shannon Cameron and Cass Turner in the mid court made the transition from defence to attack a breeze.

The defenders consisting of Chloe Rekers, Casey Thompson and Bec Watson made the win even more enjoyable as nearly every intercept was turned over.

All-in-all the girls had a cracker of a last game and are excited for what 2022 has to offer.

B GRADE:

Bonnie Doon 54 defeated 21

Best on Court: Anna Manning; Coaches Award: Jess Armstrong

BONNIE Doon girls wanted to finish the home and away season strong and

work on some game plays and positions coming into finals.

It was a strong start for the Bombers with a 17-7 first quarter.

The second term saw the ball get turned over numerous times from both teams and a low scoring quarter.

At half time the Bombers team had to refocus and capitalise on the turnovers and continue to lead hard at the ball.

With some positional changes and fresh legs it was a great third quarter with the Bombers scoring 14 to Bright’s 4.

With a goal to reach 50+ in the last the Bombers continued their hard efforts keeping Bright to only three goals and reaching their goal of 54. The B Grade girls finished the season in fourth position and are looking forward to their first round of finals this weekend.

Go Bombers.

B RESERVES

Bonnie Doon 76 defeated Bright 50

Best on court - Natalie Taylor; Coaches Award - Zoe Files

THE B Reserve team knew this was a must win game to stay in second spot on the ladder.

It was set to be a close game with both teams sitting at equal points.

The start of the first

quarter saw both teams display an even tempo and smooth play of ball to the goal ends.

The Bonnie Doon team knew that this was where they needed to step it up and start to get some turnovers, to make this game their own.

The first quarter ended with Bonnie Doon up six goals, which was too close for comfort.

After a swift kick up the backside from Mia and Michelle Tanner, the Bonnie Doon girls knew they needed to lift the intensity and that they did.

Defence was strong all down the court, with high intensity and turnovers being converted quickly into Bonnie Doon goals.

The hard work paid off with the second quarter helping seal the deal with a 31-13 scoreline.

Every player on this team, from the court to the bench, put in the work on the day to secure the end result.

UNDER 17:

Bonnie Doon 30 defeated by Bright 49

Best on Court: Charlotte Atherton

Coaches Award: Abby Coolahan

UNFORTUNAT­ELY, the girls couldn’t bring home the win for the last game of the home and away season.

Bright came out strong and lead for the game.

The Bonnie Doon girls had a good second quarter winning the quarter by two goals.

The last quarter was also strong adding another 10 goals to the scoreboard.

Well done to all the U17 girls.

A tough season but well done for giving it your all each week.

UNDER 15:

Bonnie Doon 26 defeated Bright 20

Best on Court: Stella Brakels; Coaches Award: Grace Timmers

WITH Bonnie Doon U15s in third position they were playing fifth placed Bright.

They had not played this Bright team before but knew it could be a close game. And it was.

Bonnie Doon won the first quarter by a goal but it was Bright’s quarter in the second term giving them a three point lead at half time.

Another even quarter in the third term with scores at 18 all at three quarter time.

The Bomber girls lifted in the last winning the quarter by six.

This is a great effort and a great way to come into finals.

The first time for these young girls which is exciting.

Bonnie Doon netballers would like to give a big shout out to our award sponsors.

Thank you very much for your support:

Bowser Bean Foodworks

Bonnie Doon Pub

Mansfield Golf Club

O’Malley’s Pizza

Sports First

Roundabout Café

McCormacks Mountain

Trail Rides.

 ?? PHOTOS: Paul Martin ?? REACHING HIGH: Bonnie Doon’s Heidi Summers (A grade) reaches high for the ball during their last home and away match against Bright on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Paul Martin REACHING HIGH: Bonnie Doon’s Heidi Summers (A grade) reaches high for the ball during their last home and away match against Bright on Saturday.
 ??  ?? I’VE GOT IT: Casey Thomson ( Bonnie Doon A grade) just gets her hands to the ball on a rebound during the match against Bright on Saturday. A Grade went on to win but unfortunat­ely did not make the finals.
I’VE GOT IT: Casey Thomson ( Bonnie Doon A grade) just gets her hands to the ball on a rebound during the match against Bright on Saturday. A Grade went on to win but unfortunat­ely did not make the finals.

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