B Grade Qualifying Final & U15 Elimination Final Report
B Grade Netball Qualifying Final at Kyabram by Sarah Ternes
Euroa Vs Shepparton United
After finishing on top of the ladder, B grade travelled to Kyabram on Sunday to take on 2nd places Shepparton United in their Qualifying Final. Heading into the game, Euroa knew they would have to be at their best to match it with the fast paced and youthful United team. Marnie Burton calmed the teams’ nerves, by slotting the first goal of the match. Bec Bath and Kelly Hill in defence picked up some early turnovers allowing Euroa to get a run on of goals and head into the first break with a 3-goal lead.
There were no changes made at quarter time with Coach Jenni McCluskey giving those on the court time to settle and find their rhythm. Euroa came out firing and quickly put a string of goals on the board. Ashlee Wilde provided some excellent back up on the reset allowing Tayla Robinson and Megan O’Bree to work the ball into the ring with patience. A 14 to 5 goal difference in the 2nd quarter saw Euroa take a 12 goal lead into half time.
At the beginning of the third quarter, Shepparton United made quite a few positional changes, which put some panic into the Euroa camp as they rushed their play and turned over the ball. This gave United a glimmer of hope, as they reduced the margin to 6 goals at three quarter time. Euroa knew they needed composure in the last quarter to ensure they held onto the lead. It was goal for goal for the first few minutes of the quarter, until some crucial turnovers from Bec Bath gave Euroa the opportunity to break United. A dominant last quarter saw Euroa hold on for an 11-goal lead. Euroa 45 defeating Shepparton United 34.
While it was a great team performance, the best players for Euroa were awarded to Bec Bath, Megan O’Bree and Tayla Robinson. Euroa will take on Echuca in a Semi Final next weekend (location TBA), which will see them play for a place in the Grand Final or use a second chance to get there the long way! Well done girls!
U15 Netball Elimination Final report 31-8-19
EUROA v Echuca
On Saturday at Mooroopna, Euroa’s U15 netball team took to the court to play the elimination final against Echuca. A huge loss to the Murray Bombers earlier in the season already had the odds stacked firmly against the Magpies, but spirits plummeted even further on Thursday with the very bad news that Teagan Kubeil, superstar in the making, had badly injured her elbow and was ruled out of the game.
Echuca started strongly, posting 6 quick goals with seemingly little effort. The Euroa goalers of Sienna Trotter and Molly Redfern meanwhile, appeared to be battling a bad case of nerves, with many of their attempts at goal just missing. It was a relief to everyone, both on and off the court, when the first goal was scored. Both girls eventually steadied, and by the end of the game were shooting with their usual skill and precision.
But Echuca had not held top spot on the ladder for most of the season without good reason. The Murray Bombers were streamlined and quick, and their goalers were incredibly accurate- very easy to be when they were nearly as tall as the post they were aiming at. The Magpie defenders of Ashleigh Fraser, Millie Watson and Alisha Garrett were unstinting in their endeavours, playing hard for four very demanding quarters of netball.
Euroa’s mid court players had their work cut out for them on Saturday. With Echuca very adept at crowding the court, it was up to Hannah Kubeil, Maddi Hearmon and Ella Davidson to try and find space where there appeared to be none. The girls were instrumental in moving the ball down the court, and were determined in their efforts to chase and intercept.
At the final whistle, it was Echuca who ran out comfortable winners, and so continue their march towards September glory. Whilst a disappointing result for Euroa, the Magpies should still be extremely proud of their season.
Eight out of the nine players experienced GVFNL competition for the first time, with a number of the girls also getting the opportunity to play netball in the higher grades. Many of the girls had the chance to develop new skills in different positions on the court, and all have benefitted from the netball expertise and wisdom Stasia Trotter has brought to the role as Coach. Special thanks also to Jan-Debbie Robinson for her organisation as Team Manager, and to Jane Garrett who fulfilled the position as Primary Carer.
It has been a stellar season from all involved. Go Magpies!
Euroa 27. Echuca 58.