It was a triple celebration for Poowong on Saturday when all three of their senior sides were victorious in the Ellinbank Football Netball League grand final. Photo courtesy of Jeff Tull.
POOWONG Football Netball Club had a lot to celebrate on Saturday after all three senior netball teams won their grand final matches.
C Grade got the premiership glory rolling for the Magpies with a 34 to 28 goal win, led by goal shooter Tracy Thomas in a best on court performance.
After a tentative start Poowong stamped their authority on the first quarter of the match for a six goal lead at the first change.
Ellinbank offered a better contest in the second, but great defence by both teams resulted in an even 5-6 period.
Moving Abbey Bowman from GK to GS paid dividends for Ellinbank in the third quarter.
Mounting a great fight-back, Ellinbank reduced the margin to 1 goal at the last change.
Poowong regrouped in the last to again dominate the quarter.
In the B Grade final spectators were treated to a terrific first quarter of netball, with Poowong leading at the break 11-8.
The second quarter was dominated by turnovers and missed opportunities.
It was again Poowong who did slightly better to hold a 20-15 lead at half time.
A couple of changes to the Ellinbank line-up for the third brought initial success, but Poowong were quick to equalise courtesy of brilliant defence from Lisa Quaife.
After reducing the margin by two, Ellinbank came out firing in the last. But the relentless efforts of the Poowong team were rewarded.
Poowong Centre, Julie Henshall was awarded best on court.
In what was undoubtedly the best match of the day, the A Grade clash went right down to the wire, with the Magpies sneaking home by one goal.
Both teams battled a shaky start and the lead changed countless times during the opening quarter; Poowong had a 10-8 lead at the first change.
A more settle second quarter highlighted by outstanding defence at both ends of the court.
Ellinbank enjoyed more possessions in their goal circle to steal the lead 20-18 at the halfway mark.
The Poowong defence held firm in the third to create the opportunities for another reversal in the lead at the last change.
The ever-reliable Hodge and Peterson combination played havoc with the Poowong goalers during the last half, but the level head and solid work rate of coach, Sarah Hogan, allowed her team to maintain the majority of the ball, and whittle away at the time clock to hold on to a 1 goal lead at the end.
Best on court was awarded to Poowong mid-courter, Sarah Hogan.