Fin­ley in GF

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

Hay War Me­mo­rial High School took out its third Val Mead­owcroft Shield on Fri­day.

It beat reign­ing cham­pion Fin­ley in a thrilling final at the Hardinge St Oval.

With scores level at the final siren, an ex­tra 10 min­utes was played with Hay mov­ing clear by 11 points.

Hay now goes on to con­test the Gi­ants U/15 Girls Cup in Can­berra in Au­gust.

The shield is con­tested by girls from Years 7, 8 and 9.

It is an AFL NSW/ ACT ini­tia­tive to recog­nise quiet achiever Val Mead­owcroft who has helped nur­ture grass roots footy in the dis­trict for many years.

Hay won the in­aug- ural shield in 2006, De­niliquin won in 2007, Fin­ley in 2008, Barham in 2009, Hay in 2010 and Fin­ley again in 2011.

AFL NSW/ACT rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­drew Richard­son said it’s great to see young ladies tak­ing an in­ter­est in sport.

‘‘The spirit dis­played on the day was fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been a very even comp for six years now. It’s healthy for the sport.’’

Sev­eral boys from De­niliquin High um­pired the day and Fin­ley coach Tr­ish Jack­son said ‘‘they were fan­tas­tic.’’

‘‘The boys were very pro­fes­sional,’’ she said.

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