17 & Under Roos celebrate premiership

DIMBOOLA 17 & Under netball side claimed the Wimmera Netball Association premiership against Ararat at Horsham City Oval on Saturday.

The Roos completed a dominant season which saw the team only lose one game throughout the season, a second semi-final loss to Ararat, but turned the tables on Saturday to claim victory.

The Under 17 girls fell short in last year’s season decider but were not going to be denied this season and produced a commanding display over their opponents.

In the first quarter, Dimboola was hot off the blocks and netted 14 goals against Ararat’s 11 who were forced to work hard to stay within reach.

The second quarter saw Ararat make up the deficit and by half time, the Dimboola girls knew they had a fight on their hands when scores were level.

Ararat added 12 goals for the term and held the Roos to nine which the teams locked together on 23 goals apiece.

After the half time break, the Dimboola Roos gathered themselves as a team and started to lift to gain a decisive advantage at three quarter time.

Dimboola added 14 goals for the term as shooters Zanaiya Bergen and Ruby Redford teamed well in goals to finish off the work of Holly Ross who provided plenty of opportunities with some strong play.

The term saw the Roos add 14 goals to their tally and held the Rats to seven and went into the final ahead 37 goals to 30.

With premiership glory in their sights, the Roos couldn’t be stopped in the final term as they fought for every ball, despite a downpour of rain falling.

Ararat was no match after the half time break and the Roos finished on 50 to Ararat’s 40 to claim the Grand Final.

Goals: Zanaiya Bergen, 34; Ruby Redford, 16.
Best: Holly Ross.

Minyip-Murtoa capped a remarkable grand final day when the A Grade netball team claimed their maiden Wimmera Netball Association premiership.

Along with the senior footballers, the Burras claimed double success when they defeated Horsham by three goals in a tense struggle.

The Burras trailed by as much as 11 goals at one stage in the second quarter before producing a stirring comeback to level scores at three quarter time.

A frenetic final quarter saw the Burras open up a five-goal break and were able to hold off all challenges from the Demons to claim victory by three goals, 39-36.

Entering the game as underdogs after a 30-goal loss in the second semi-final, Minyip-Murtoa claimed its first premiership as Horsham finished runner-up for the second successive season.

Georgia McLennan produced a strong game in attack for the Burras as she worked well with goal shooter Kirby Knight who finished with 23 goals, while Horsham’s Emma Buwalda shot 32 of Horsham’s goals.

Throughout the day on the netball court, tight battles took place from the opening tip off in the 13 and Under battle that began the day at 9.00am.

The 13 and Under battle saw the first upset of the day when Horsham Saints claimed a commanding 31-23 goal victory over the previously undefeated Horsham Demons.

The Saints led by two goals at three quarter time before pulling away in the final term when they added nine goals to three.

The 15 & Under contest produced the second upset of the day when Stawell claimed victory over Horsham who, like the 13 & Under team, had not been beaten all season.

Stawell claimed victory 37 goals to 34.

Horsham claimed its first premiership of the day when their C Grade team claimed victory over Ararat by three goals, 30-27.

The two sides had been the standout teams of the competition with only half a game separating the pair at season’s end.

The Demons second premiership came in a thrilling B Grade contest when they claimed victory over Minyip-Murtoa by two goals.

Scores were level at the end of regular time and needed overtime to separate the sides with the Demons prevailing when they scored nine goals to seven in extra time.

On the football field, Horsham claimed premiership honours in the Under 14s when they recorded a 16-point victory over Ararat.

The Demons controlled the match for much of the contest and led by five goals at three quarter time before Ararat kicked three goals to one in the final term.

The Under 17s clash saw Horsham Saints claim premiership honours by 27 points when they defeated Ararat.

Ararat, who lost only one game for the season, were unable to keep pace with the Saints in the first three quarters, trailing by 39 points at three quarter time before reducing the final margin in the last quarter.

Ararat’s reserves completed an undefeated season when they claimed premiership honours by 29 points over Horsham.

The Rats dominated the home and away season and continued to hold on for premiership honours when they broke away from the Demons in the second half when they kicked six goals to three.