Premier­ship dreams still alive

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YOUTH and re­serves teams across the re­gion are headed to grand fi­nals af­ter pulling off fan­tas­tic vic­to­ries over the week­end.

From Moama to Ton­gala, foot­ball and net­ball teams from the lower grades have earnt their berths in their re­spec­tive grand fi­nals.

Echuca

The Mur­ray Bombers’ B-re­serves net­ballers are through to the grand fi­nal af­ter a nail-bit­ing fin­ish against Shepparton United.

The bot­tle green snagged a 40-39 win, earn­ing a berth in the big dance against the Shepparton Bears.

The same suc­cess could not be repli­cated for Echuca’s 15-and-un­der net­ballers.

Downed by 33 goals, the Shepparton United Demons smashed the bot­tle green 23-56 and head into the grand fi­nal on the week­end against the Rochester Tigers.

Moama

The Mag­pies B-grade net­ballers are through to their Mur­ray Net­ball League big dance against Fin­ley af­ter a huge 17-point win over De­niliquin.

Fin­ley de­feated Congupna by 10 goals on the way to their grand fi­nal berth.

The Mag­pies un­der-17 foot­ballers squeezed past the Fin­ley Cats by 11 points in their semi-fi­nal match. The low-scor­ing 24-13 re­sult was enough for the Pies to go into their fi­nal, fac­ing Nu­murkah.

In the C re­serves net­ball, Moama coasted through to an­other grand fi­nal, down­ing De­niliquin by 12 goals. They will face Katan­dra, who in turn de­feated Echuca United by a sin­gle goal.

The 17-and-un­der net­ballers faced the same fate as Echuca United skipped out to an eight-goal win, and will face De­niliquin in their grand fi­nal.

Moama’s 15-and-un­der net­ballers weren’t good enough to over­come Ton­gala’s 52 goals, rack­ing up 30 of their own. Tonny go on to play Deni for the flag.

In the 13-and-un­der net­ball, Echuca United cruised past Moama by 13 goals, in a 39-26 score­line.

Echuca United

Echuca United’s C-grade net­ballers were smashed by a strong Congupna side, 27-45. Congupna now head to Rum­balara to take on Nu­murkah for the flag.

In the C re­serves net­ball United were knocked out by a sin­gle Katan­dra goal, end­ing what had been a strong sea­son on the courts for the Ea­gles side.

The 17-and-un­der net­ballers turned the tide though, as United skipped out to an eight-goal win at the ex­pense of Moama and will face De­niliquin in their grand fi­nal.

Echuca United’s 15-and-un­der net­ballers were thumped by De­niliquin as they hoped to reach their fi­nal. An 18-goal mar­gin could not be caught, and Deni will face Ton­gala in their fi­nal.

In the 13-and-un­der net­ball, Echuca United cruised past Moama by 13 goals, in a 39-26 score­line.

Ton­gala

The Blues’ 15-and-un­der side have pro­gressed to the big dance in em­phatic fash­ion af­ter knock­ing Moama out by 22 goals.

The 52-30 score­line shows Tonny is not just in the grand fi­nal to make up the num­bers, where they will take on De­niliquin.

Pi­cola United

Pi­cola United’s un­der-15 net­ballers put up a valiant ef­fort in their PDNL grand fi­nal against the De­niliquin Rovers, but to no avail.

The young side was downed 28-19 af­ter putting to­gether a great sea­son on the courts.

Luke He­mer.

REACH­ING OUT: Moama’s Kyra Nai­smith stretches to pre­vent her De­nilquin op­ponetn from get­ting the ball away dur­ing the MFNL B grade net­ball pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. Photo:

Luke He­mer.

EA­GLE EYE: Echuca United’s Phoebe Poole gath­ers the ball in the MNL 17 and un­der net­ball pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Moama. Photo:

Luke He­mer.

YOUTH BAT­TLE: Moama’s Noah Mil­ner fights off un­wanted at­ten­tion dur­ing the MFL un­der 17 foot­ball pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Fin­ley. Photo:

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