THE day was sunny and clear with little wind. Tarwin was the perfect location after a few wet weeks to play host with plenty of parking and no mud it made it very easy to be a spectator.
A Grade – Foster 28 def Fish Creek 23: Foster went into this game favourites being undefeated all season.
The crowd had really built whilst the A grade teams lined up with the footballers for the national anthem which made for an intense and noisy start to the game. Foster had a lot of the early play and were able to capitalise taking the early lead and looked in the driver’s seat at quarter time. Foster 7 Fish Creek 2
Foster came out composed from the break with their GA Brylee demanding the ball in the circle and rewarding with some great long shots. Fosters movement was great, and they seemed to be easily moving the ball down the court whereas Fish Creek had to work hard for every possession. Foster went into the main break having extended their lead to 7. Foster 17 Fish Creek 10.
Fish Creek make half time changes swapping WA Molly and C Abbey. This seemed to increase the intensity through the centre court giving Fish Creek some more drive. Fish Creek’s goals began to drop, and they really applied the defensive pressure to Foster creating turnovers and getting them back into the game. At ¾ time Fish Creek had the momentum going into the break but Foster still had the lead. Foster 21 Fish Creek 19.
Foster came out of the last break composed and determined. Fish Creek came out full of passion with nothing to lose and everything to gain. The defensive pressure from both sides was building, keeping the game low scoring. Foster’s captain Jeannette Bath caused havoc for Fish Creek shutting down the drive to the ring and driving hard down the court in attack. Foster’s shooters lifted and found more space early in the last quarter increasing their lead back to 5. Fish Creek didn’t give up, but it was to be Foster’s day.
Foster 28 Fish Creek 23 – Best on Court Foster Jeanette Bath.
B Grade – Toora 47 def Fish Creek 34: Toora had been the standout team in B grade all season. They where undefeated and going for back to back premierships but Fish Creek last year’s bridesmaids didn’t want to be that again. Both teams started the game a little unsettled and nervous. The Fish Creek crowd was building and getting vocal. The connections between the experienced Toora attack end didn’t seem to come easy in the first quarter and Fish Creek was releasing the ball well and hitting targets easily. An even quarter 9 all.
Fish Creek came out strong throwing everything at Toora. Toora missed some early goals but strong defence work right down the court saw Toora increase their lead. Toora’s captain and centre player Shannon was driving hard and defending harder right down the court making hard work for the opposition. The experience in Toora’s side showed
in this quarter with a number of beautiful end to end passages of play. Toora went into half time with a good lead. Toora 21 Fish Creek 11.
Fish Creek made some timely changes to try and get back into the game. This worked with Fish Creek getting back within 3 goals until Toora’s Sarah Stone found her range sinking some great shots and rebounding constantly as well. An even quarter by both teams Toora 34 Fish Creek 24.
Fish Creek made more changes to try and throw Toora, but it wasn’t to be. A strong final quarter from Toora saw Fish Creek unable to bridge the second quarter deficit.
Final score Toora 47 Fish Creek 34 – Best on Court Sarah Stone Toora.
C Grade – Fish Creek 27 def Tarwin 14: This game was picked to be a close contest as when they met in the first semi it came down to the wire. Tarwin came out firing scoring the first 3 goals and taking the early lead, but an early injury to their star GA and captain Samantha Williams wasn’t ideal. Fish Creek capitalised on a rattled Tarwin to take the quarter time lead 8 to Tarwin 7.
Fish Creek came out strong after the break, they had great ball movement and continued to build their lead. Fish Creek’s defenders Megan and Kelly were working hard and were rewarded with some great turnovers. Fish Creek built on their lead for half time. Fish Creek 14 to Tarwin 9.
Fish Creek made a lot of changes at half time bringing on a new centre and a shuffle of most other positions. One might think this was a tactic to conserve some legs in the heat as the temperature was hot on the court. Tarwin continued to fight but was struggling under the post to convert opportunity. ¾ time Fish Creek 21 Tarwin 12.
Tarwin made some changes to try and get back into the game bringing on some younger legs. Both teams where hot and tired but Fish Creek had the legs to run out the game going on to win.
Fish Creek 27 Tarwin 14 – Best on court Megan Fuller Fish Creek.
17&Under – Fish Creek 28 def Foster 19: These two teams had some great battles this season, but Fish Creek went in favourites winning all games expect for a draw during the season. Both teams got off to an even start in a well contested first quarter, some wayward passes by the Foster girls gave Fish Creek the momentum down the court, and their goalers were finishing off well. Fish Creek 8 Foster 4.
Fish Creek’s GA Lara Stefani was moving beautifully and creating space in the goal circle, finishing off with some solid goals. Foster were struggling early through their mid court as Fish Creek’s defensive pressure was strong. Fish Creek’s GD Lauren Gale was causing headaches for Foster with tight defence and attacking the ball down the court. Half time Fish Creek 16 Foster 10.
Foster GA Tyla Angwin started to come into the game in the 3rd sinking some impressive goals and bringing the margin back to within 3. But Fish Creek remained calm working hard later in the quarter to extend their lead. 3/4-time Fish Creek 21 Foster 14.
Conditions warmed up on the last, as did Foster’s intensity, but Fish Creek had all the answers and came out the victors.
Fish Creek 28 Foster 19 – Best on Court Lauren Gale Fish Creek.
15&Under – Foster 29 def Toora 10: Foster went into the game as the favourites. They had drawn with Toora once during the season but hadn’t lost a game. Foster started well going to a quick 3-0 lead. Toora started nervously missing a few opportunities. Foster’s clean athletic play had them go into the first break up by 6. Foster 8 Toora 2.
Toora started the second much more settled. Defensively Toora had its work cut out for them as Foster’s 2 tall shooters worked well together and provided good targets. Foster continued to dominate the quarter. Half time Foster 14 Toora 4.
Foster made some changes; this didn’t seem to unsettle the team at all. Foster’s defence continued to work hard. GD Macey for Foster worked hard all the way down the court giving her team plenty of drive and encouragement. ¾ time Foster 23 Toora 4.
The last quarter was even on the scoreboard with both teams scoring 6 goals, but Foster had already caused the damage.
Foster 29 Toora 10. Best on court – Foster Macey McGlead.
13&Under – MDU 24 def Foster 8: MDU went into the game favourites as they had been undefeated for the season.
MDU came out strong right from the start, they made strong leads and accurate passes. The ball was fed well into their tall goaler Maggie but the shooters from both teams missed shots early, both defences rebounded the shots well and at quarter time it was MDU 7 to Foster 3.
MDU came out firing from the break with very few nerves left. MDU centre Kirra Jones was a little pocket rocket driving and defending just as hard to create some good turnovers. Foster couldn’t capitalise on their hard-earnt turnovers. Half time saw MDU 12 to Foster 6.
It was until the 6th minute of the third quarter before either team scored and it was MDU who was able to score. MDU’s defence of Ash and Ayla were working very hard with the three-quarter time score MDU 15 Foster 6.
MDU found better space in the last quarter and it was a much higher scoring quarter. Foster continued to fight out the game but were unable to make in-roads into the margin.
MDU 24 Foster 8 – Best on Court Kirra Jones MDU.
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