Rising up for grand finals

ON THE BALL: The Southern Highlands Netball Association hosted its winter competition grand final day at Eridge Park netball courts on September 16. There were many close games to wrap up the season. Photo: Emily Bennett

ON THE BALL: The Southern Highlands Netball Association hosted its winter competition grand final day at Eridge Park netball courts on September 16. There were many close games to wrap up the season. Photo: Emily Bennett

The Southern Highlands Netball Association (SHNA) wrapped up its winter competition with a nail-biting grand final day.

The action kicked off with a battle of junior division three and junior division one players.

The division three game was between MVD Red and BBF Blue. MVD were too strong on the day, with a result of 14-4. The best and fairest player award, as voted by umpires, was given to Scarlett Sears from MVD.

The division one game was really tough with the score not reflecting how tough the game was.

MVD Black came out on top of BBF Pink with a 25-14 win. Best and fairest went to Jemima Maguire from MVD. The junior division two saw Oxley defeated by BBF Pink 18-3. Even though BBF won convincingly the first five to 10 minutes of the first quarter it was nil all as the ball moved up and down the court. However no one was able to capitalise.  BBF were then able to adjust to the conditions better, and came out on top. Best and fairest went to BBF goal attack Clementine Heinrich.

BBF division two pink also won best attacking team and best defence team in the junior divisions. The intermediate division was an all-Moss Vale Dragonfly competition, with White and Grey in it to win it. It was a really tough game, with scores even at most of the breaks. White came out on top at the final hooter with a 26-25 win. Best and fairest  went to April Foster from the runner-up Grey team.

In the cadets division, there was another hard-fought match between Southern Highlands Christian School and MVD Black. SHCS lead at every break but a couple on injuries and no subs meant that they could not sustain the pressure that MVD was applying. MVD Black claimed a 24-23 win. Best and fairest went to Mia Edgerly from the winning team.

In the opens division, SHNA 15’s took on MVD Red. MVD came out on top after extra time 44-43. Best and fairest went to Kylie Gillespie from MVD.

SHNA competition coordinator Kate Bow said the day was a great end to the season. “To have 3 games all within a point shows how much effort and dedication all players put into the grand final,” Bow said.

End of season awards:

  • SHNA junior umpire of the year: Allannah Moylan
  • SHNA senior umpire of the year: Emily Bow and Lucy Spence
  • Best attacking team: MVD Red
  • Best defence team: MVD White
  • Highest point scoring team: MVD Red. Trophies awarded to the shooting combination of Kris Arnott, Renae Lewis and Kylie Gillespie.
  • Best opens defence team: MVD White
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