It definitely was a great day of netball at McLaren Vale for the grand final games and a good crowd came out to support their teams.
There were some heart stopper moments for everybody with some draws and close games being played, just how finals should be. Thanks must go to the host club for their efforts and the GSNA committee once again for their running of the day.
The contest in the League between Victor Harbor and Goolwa was a great defensive game with Victor taking the honours by 11 goals.
It was their lowest scoring game all year getting 51 goals through the ring and credit must go to the Goolwa defence who were relentless right across the court.
Victor really had to be patient working the ball from the back end and weren’t able to get the flow that they have been able to get in games gone by. Every ball was hotly contested and the umpires had to keep their wits about them.
Victor got to a good start taking the first quarter by five and we saw movement in the goal circle with often Di Johns coming out from the circle and allowing Amanda Martin to drive in keeping it an open circle.
Up the other end Emma Gryczewski and Sally Fuller put the pressure on shutting down Kylie Jarrett and passes need to be threaded through the eye of a needle with the double teaming that she was under.
Jessica Bailey had to stand up and take on a shooting range perhaps outside her comfortable zone.
Victor were able to continue slowly edging their noses in front and had a handy nine goal lead going into the third quarter. Goolwa did make a tactical change and bring Jo Wilson into the game at GA, which changed up the dynamic.
The second half of the game was certainly a much closer affair with their only being two goals between the two sides. Hannah Priest and Sarah White continued to have a tough battle going in the centre court.
The Goolwa circle defence of Lauren Hyde and Jessica Cuppleditch matched it well against the Victor goalies and continued to pressure every attack and shot on goal.
Goolwa WA Melissa Apthorpe needed to use her experience against the speed of Renee Moon who covered all the attacking moves.
Well done to Victor and I’m sure Goolwa are already thinking ahead to season 2018
Likewise in the Victor forward line with Alicia Montgomerie having to be patient with the intensity and attention Lisa Whitely was paying her.
It was a hard fast game played with great commitment and a good game for spectators to watch. Well done to Victor and I’m sure Goolwa are already thinking ahead to season 2018.
Congratulations to all teams that got their club a premiership flag, definitely a great achievement.