Saints B grade make b-line for Ovens and Mur­ray fi­nals

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

MYRTLE­FORD’S all con­quer­ing B grade net­ball team is set to be the sole Saints side to fea­ture in this year’s Ovens and Mur­ray fi­nals.

A C grade fi­nals berth is not out of the equa­tion but with two games to make up and a dif­fi­cult run home it is un­likely.

The in-form B grade Saints lost three of their first five games but have since beaten ev­ery team in the com­pe­ti­tion over a nine week run to sit sec­ond on the lad­der.

In­cluded in that run was a one-goal win over their main threat for the premier­ship, North Al­bury.

The B grade Hop­pers who have dropped just that one match this year were left stunned as the Saints piled on 20 goals to six in an open­ing quar­ter that an­nounced them as a se­ri­ous con­tender.

B grade coach Ja­clyn McAlpine said that com­pe­ti­tion for spots and to­geth­er­ness were her team’s big­gest strengths.

“We’ve pretty much got ev­ery po­si­tion cov­ered at least twice so I can move things around if things aren’t work­ing,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one is go­ing out there and hav­ing to play at 100 per cent in or­der to be able to stay on the court which is a great po­si­tion for a coach to be in.”

The team fea­tures a great mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence with premier­ship play­ers McAlpine, Brid­get Flint-Chap­man and Re­becca Pi­azza of­fer­ing great tute­lage for up and com­ing young­sters Sally Bot­ter, Chloe Breen and Shanae Grib­bin.

A ma­jor­ity of the girls also played to­gether in last sea­son’s B grade team that just missed out on fi­nals ac­tion.

“We’ve had a cou­ple go up to A grade but our core group have stayed to­gether and I think that’s so im­por­tant be- cause net­ball is such a team sport,” McAlpine said.

Grib­bin has been one of the team’s main sources of im­prove­ment lead­ing to their rise into the five, af­ter ex­celling in a new role at wing de­fence.

The Saints are guar­an­teed a spot in fi­nals but re­quire at least another two wins to a shore up a top three spot and dou­ble chance.

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