FOR the fifth time, Korumburra-Bena and Dalyston faced off in the A Grade grand final.
The large crowd was looking forward to a great game again from these two teams and they did not disappoint.
Dalyston came out strongly at the start.
Both teams were playing great defensive games as emotions were running high – particularly from the supporters.
The tight game led to some physical match-ups.
At the first change there wasn’t much in it, Dalyston leading 8-6.
In the second quarter Dalyston swapped their two goalers and it paid off.
While the physical game continued, Dalyston took advantage of missed Giant goals.
The Dalyston shooters worked well together and Korumburra-Bena tried desperately to slow the game down to their style.
At the break, Dalyston lead 18 to 13.
The third quarter brought changes to both line-ups.
Korumburra-Bena finally managed to slow the game down, and in doing so, frustrated Dalyston as they clawed their way back into the game.
Dalyston missed a goal and it was picked-off by Korumburra-Bena defenders.
At the other end, Korumburra-Bena’s GA was shooting confidently and accurately from the edge of the circle.
Dalyston’s free-flowing game was becoming unstuck as Dalyston tried to force the ball to their GA, which Korumburra-Bena anticipated and suddenly the Giants were back within one goal.
There was a late turnover and a goal on the siren giving Dalyston the slight lead 28-25 at the final change.
The final quarter was a thriller.
Korumburra-Bena intercepted floating balls early and were back within one goal early.
Nerves started to show as both teams struggled.
A warning given to Korumburra-Bena’s GD preceded an untidy quarter – there was a turnover to Korumburra-Bena, a turnover to Dalyston, another turnover to Korumburra-Bena and finally the Giants were in front by one; for the first time in the game.
The game was very even with goals going
by centres. The physicality of the game went up another notch.
A missed goal by the Giants gave the turnover to Dalyston, who steadied a little and goaled.
That goal was the turning point, Dalyston continuing to push, and the final whistle saw the full-time scores at 37 to 34.
Best on court was Dalyston’s Alyce Abriola (Wylie).
In the B Grade Korumburra-Bena v Foster game it started very evenly with goals going with centres.
At quarter time the scores were even at 12-12.
In the second quarter Korumburra-Bena started to get the upper hand, opening up the court, driving through the centre and goaling accurately.
The Giants picked up loose passes and capitalised, taking a good lead 29-12.
Foster made changes to their line-up in the third. It had little effect as Korumburra-Bena continued its dominance all over the court.
Foster had no answers for Korumburra-Bena’s centre court players who were tireless.
At the final change, Korumburra-Bena had a convincing lead 43-26.
In the break Foster tried another combination to try and shut down Korumburra-Bena’s centre, but it was too little too late, Korumburra winning 56-35.
Best on court was Korumburra-Bena’s Jamie-Lee Jeffs.
MDU came out strong against Dalyston, settling into the game early.
Dalyston had a resurgence towards the end of the game thanks to some strong shooting from the Dalyston GA.
At the break it was MDU leading by two -9-7.
Good defence and short sharp passes through the centre saw Dalyston even the scores early.
MDU started to patiently pass the ball in and out of the circle for a better shooting position.
Dalyston by contrast relied on the high pass to their GA in the shooting circle.
At half time there were still only two goals in it – MDU leading 19 to 17.
MDU made changes from the bench in the third. Dalyston also made bench and positional changes and the game fell into a pattern- ball moving up and down the court.
Missed goals by Dalyston proved costly when the game was so close.
A missed goal by MDU was rebounded expertly by Dalyston and resulted in a goal.
MDU managed to goal on the siren and lead by one: 25 to 24.
The game was intense as it was body on body all over the court.
There was patient passing into the circle from both teams. But MDU took the momentum, a turnover by MDU resulted in a goal; then another and they were two-up.
Dalyston tried desperately, calling for the ball; the girls knew full-time was getting close.
MDU played strongly in defence and managed to valiantly hold-on, winning by one goal – 35 to 34.
Best on court was MDU’s Jane Harrison.
17 and Under
Korumburra-Bena started strongly taking a 3 to 0 lead early while Dalyston seemed very nervous dropping passes. Nervous shots for goal were missed on the slippery court.
Korumburra-Bena called injury and interchanged player; this allowed Dalyston to re-group and at quarter time the scores were level (7-7).
The defence in both shooting circles was very tight proving difficult for both teams to get the ball into their respective goals.
The Dalyston GS started to find the ring while Korumburra-Bena continued to find it difficult to get the ball into the circle.
The Giant shooters were getting frustrated by umpires’ decisions and by the tight defence from Dalyston.
The frustration kept Korumburra-Bena from the task at hand and Dalyston had the lead at the break, 16 to 10.
In the third, Korumburra-Bena made changes to their line-up.
Korumburra-Bena worked hard to reduce the margin and both teams were getting very vocal urging their players on.
Despite their best efforts, Korumburra was still down – 25 to 14.
Korumburra-Bena made more changes for the final quarter.
Despite the scores, the game was tight; silly mistakes were made by both teams – held balls, breaking, obstruction. Dalyston continued on its strong play, winning 30-19.
Best on court was Dalyston’s Hannah Carew (Dalyston).
15 and Under
It was a slow start to the Inverloch-Kongwak v Meeniyan Dumbalk United game as grand final nerves got the better of players.
MDU settled first and were strong all over the court, taking a good first quarter lead 8 to 3.
MDU continued their strong netball, tight in defence, getting hands over everything, tipping balls everywhere.
MDU’s GA held strongly in the circle, creating lots of space for the two shooters who were very accurate.
MDU held its strong lead over Inverloch-Kongwak 20-10.
MDU’s defenders gave Inverloch-Kongwak little time to consider options.
MDU also used its height advantage in the circle well.
Inverloch-Kongwak had few answers and when light rain fell, Inverloch-Kongwak found things more difficult.
At the final break, MDU was up 27 to 12.
Inverloch-Kongwak were desperate in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
There were some anxious shots for goal, but Inverloch-Kongwak couldn’t convert the opportunities to goals.
In contract, floating balls were picked off by the MDU defenders. The MDU GA was everywhere and played a very solid game.
MDU won easily 31-17.
Best on court was MDU’s Irene Thorson.
13 and Under
It was a nervous start to the game for Inverloch-Kongwak and Korumburra-Bena, being the first game of the day.
Inverloch-Kongwak seemed to settle earlier and went to 4 to 0 lead.
Korumburra-Bena regrouped later in the quarter.
Inverloch-Kongwak was in front at the change 7 to 3.
Although both teams were playing good defensive netball, missed goals by Korumburra-Bena proved costly as the young Inverloch-Kongwak team turned the ball over.
Inverloch-Kongwak were in control at the long break 14 to 7.
The ball continued to be turned over by both teams during the third.
Despite scoring two goals in a row, inaccurate shooting did not help Korumburra-Bena reduce the margin. Inverloch-Kongwak led by nine at the next change.
Korumburra-Bena made changes to their line-up from the bench but Inverloch-Kongwak proved too strong on the day.
Inverloch-Kongwak used their height advantage all over the court; their goalers were very accurate and rebounded strongly when needed.
Inverloch-Kongwak won 28 to 16.
Best on court was Inverloch-Kongwak’s Holly Van Der Pligt.
More photos from grand final day in this weeks edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.
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