Final round of play for Bushrangers
THE last round was all about playing to acknowledge the hard work all season and the lessons learnt, most of all to recognize resilience and to take pride in achievements.
To not dwell on missed opportunities but to make sure this was not another. A trip to Wodonga could be feared or enjoyed.
The Beechworth netballers had languished on the bottom of the tables in all levels all season but were still able to take the court proud that they had shown improvements and resilience all season.
They would be pleased to leave Wodonga without adding to their wins but knowing that they had represented themselves to the best of their abilities.
They had also seen those abilities improve all year as their fitness and skill levels increased.
Each team was a developing unit and can take credit for individual effort and increasing team performance.
While victories were not to come the result margins were reduced against nearly every opponent.
It has been a good year to examine their play and a good year to identify improvement.
It will be worth while continuing next year to realize the promise that is there.
On the field the under 14 team continued to impress with another disciplined performance that took them to third spot on the ladder and an initial finals meeting with a powerful Wahgunyah unit.
It will require another total team performance; as Niedra who kicked two goals, Phalert also two, Hirst and Wilkinson one each, being among the best with Bladon and Knoth showed.
There was plenty of opportunity for Ross who got four, Mom three, O Meara two, while Eaton, Mace, Scalzo also picked up one.
The defence will certainly be tested by Wahgunyah who have Bartlett and Osborne dominant in a team that also has scored heavily all year.
This first final will be a great learning experience for the team. Under 17 did not play this week and had to be content with sixth spot on the ladder and a year of inconsistency.
There were many fine individual and team performances to look back on and they can all be congratulated for their efforts but knowing that they can still improve in future years.
Likewise the Reserves, who were missing some of the attributes that were provided from their missing corrective services teammates, were unable to finish the season with a win.
But again Robinson, Worcester and Parker were among the best with Winfield and Mathews.
The goals were shared around with Loncaric getting two, Fendyk, Carey, Manderson, Harrison and Pronk, all booting one each.
While the Bushies were disappointed not to win, Wodonga at home were always going to a difficult contest.
The Seniors met the same feature from their opponents.
A tied first quarter, a single goal lead at half time and three point lead at the final change was enough to show that the contest had to be won as it was not going to be given away.
In the final quarter, Beechworth kept the Saints to a single point while piling on six goals eight in another powerful finish which displayed their obvious attributes.
DALE kicked five, while Pritchard added to his season tally with three, Fendyk again capped another fine effort with two while D Carey, B Carey, Cartledge and Garland all added to the scoreboard.
Cartledge and Fendyk were again among the best and should feature strongly in the Barton count.
Surrey, Malsem, Dale and Jacobsson would also be able to take away a good memory from the Wodonga contest.
Again a disappointing end to the season softened with a win to enjoy.
The players can watch the final series knowing that they have improved their fitness and they have increased their skills, know- ing that they have troubled every opponent, knowing that with a little bit of luck, a little bit more concentration, a little bit of just the little things, they too could be playing.
They do not have to dwell on lost opportunities but can certainly take pride in and be assured that we who have watched from the outer appreciated, their performance and their resilience.
We recognize the hard work and effort of training and playing each week and hope that they can reflect on the enjoyment they provide and receive and use that to inspire improved performance next year.
Bushranger Kayde Surrey was named in the back pocket for the TDFL team of the year.
FLYING HIGH: Beechworth’s Kayde Surrey and Connor Maher fly for a spoil against Dederang Mount Beauty.
MILESTONE YEAR: Beechworth’s Hamish Malsem played his 100th senior game against Keiwa Sandy Creek this season.