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Emotional raid on victory
Bridgewater broke a lengthy drought of
success with a thrilling victory in last Saturday’s
Hills Netball Association A-grade grand final at
In an exciting contest against Ironbank Green, Bridgewater claimed
its first A-grade premiership in 12 seasons with a 44-43 triumph.
The grand final fittingly featured a clash of the two top sides of the
2016 campaign, with Ironbank leading the season’s head-to-head
slate at 2-1.
Nerves were evident from the start with Bridgewater making a few
unforced errors and missed shots by both teams.
An experienced Ironbank squad were able to settle first with goal
shooter Steph Fotheringham finding her range, quickly getting the
team off to a quick start and a 5-1 advantage within a few minutes.
Bridgewater then settled and Katrina Wall dodged and moved well
at wing attack, and was able find connections and deliver the ball
into shooter Rachel Wood, who reliably shot from long range.
Ironbank Green wing attack Dani Giles drove sharp and fast onto
the ring and delivered the ball well into her shooters, who continually
moved well as they have done all season.
The Raiders pegged back a few goals before Ironbank carried a
13-10 advantage into quarter time.
In the second term Ironbank continued its smooth fast accurate
play, rarely throwing away possession.
Goal keeper Skye Morgan and goal defender Lauren Hegarty
worked tirelessly increasing their pressure, making Bridgewater’s
attackers work hard for each and every ball.
In the centre, Bridgewater’s Jess Fielke and Ironbank counterpart
Tahlia Meyer staged a fantastic battle, both driving strong for the ball
and deflecting passes around the circle.
Meyer managed to take a couple of successive intercepts which
Ironbank made the most of, and converted with very silky moving
and accurate shooting from goal attack Lauren Hegarty and S.
The second term was all Ironbank as it displayed skill and got a
run on to jump ahead to an eight-goal lead at the main break.
The Raiders regrouped during the break and knew they had a
tough battle on their hands to make a comeback.
Making numerous changes, bringing experienced Julie Lea on
into goal shooter, Ellen Daly into wing defence and moving Jodie
Saddlier to wing attack.
Ironbank made changes of its own, bringing Brittany Harmer into
wing defence and moving Kelsey Fotheringham to wing attack.
Bridgewater got off to a flying start in the third term with a brilliant
intercept from goal defender Amy Kotz, and a quick three balls into
Lea, to claw back within five goals.
The pressure was tight throughout the entire court, Bridgewater’s
defenders increasing the intensity in the goal circle, making it harder
for Ironbank shooters to move freely.
Saddlier/Harmer were locked in a tight battle at wing attack/wing
defence, both being strong and fierce players.
Saddlier used her speed to deliver the ball well into Lea and goal
attack Jo Virgo, who had found her range, and together they had the
ability to score quickly.
Both teams played possession and weren’t letting any balls go
Ironbank goal attack Lauren Davis continued her flawless shooting,
rarely missing, but Bridgewater goal keeper Tamala Suraharjo
made the most of any missed shots and rebounded extremely well.
Suraharjo quickly moved the ball to Kotz, Saddlier and Fielke, who
all drove well out of defence and moved the ball fast into Lea and
Virgo, not giving Ironbank’s defence much chance to intercept.
Bridgewater moved back within three goals at the end of the third,
Ironbank leading 37-34, and setting up a very exciting final term.
Both teams came out focused and determined to not let the
opportunity for a premiership go without a fight.
The crowd on both sides was ready for a battle and cheering their
teams on at every opportunity.
Defence from both teams intensified again, Ironbank’s Morgan
got a few early deflections, putting the pressure on Bridgewater’s
shooters but with Lea’s height and ability to use her body well, she
had a tough battle on her hands.
The ball moved fast as wing attack Forthingham was strong for
Ironbank, receiving multiple centre passes and setting up the play
well for her team.
Kotz and Suraharjo stuck to their players extremely tightly for
Bridgewater, both taking intercepts when the chance arose.
There was little room for error for both teams, loose balls went the
Raiders way with Daly and Fielke picking up any deflections.
Fielke took a fantastic intercept along the circle for Bridgewater
which gave her team the opportunity to take the lead.
With Lea continuing to hold strong at shooter, and with Virgo’s
accuracy, Bridgewater jumped ahead by three goals.
However, Ironbank’s defence weren’t giving up though, and turned
the ball over again with a minute remaining to get back within a goal.
Bridgewater remained composed and stayed in possession as
the final whistle blew, signalling much jubiliation. It was a nail-biting
finish for both teams and heart stopper for the crowd as they had
witnessed a quality contest between two very good teams.
The nerves within both teams were obvious as Mylor and Crafers
took to the court for the 2016 A2-grade title bout.
Each side made a strong start, with the Crafers midcourters –
led by competition best and fairest recipient Meghann Cannon –
working hard to combat the run of Mylor.
A spectacular intercept by Mylor’s Amy Irrgang enabled the Black
Magic to take a three-goal lead into the first break.
The second quarter featured Crafers coming out strongly from the
blocks, and a near-perfect stanza from the goal shooting team of
Jess Southward and Rachel Plummer eased Crafers in front.
However, the Blacks held their nerve and regrouped halfway
through the term, helped along by accuracy from goalies Mel
Burgess and Britt Haussen, drawing the scores back to level at half-
Both coaches made changes at the break, Mylor adjusting its
midcourt by bringing on Amanda Tredrea and Bee Rigby, while the
teams both reconfigured the defensive circle.
The drive provided by Emma Gibbons from defence helped Mylor
break the imposing defensive press of the Crafers midcourt, with
Dani Charleston and Sheridan Achurch working overtime to keep
Mylor’s plucky attack line under control.
Using strong full court defence, Mylor edged closer to its
premiership dream, taking a four-goal lead into the final change.
The fourth stanza featured nothing left on the court by either team.
Strong bodies, ambitious passes and spectacular intercepts left
both teams taking plenty of physical hits.
Crafers found a way to turn over two balls late in the quarter,
drawing tantalisingly close to levelling the scores, however, Mylor
kept cool heads and its consistent pressure, accurate shooting
and teamwork enabled it to post a magical two-goal premiership
Aldgate took the B1-grade premiership trophy following a 51-32
victory over Crafers last Saturday. Both sides got off to a strong
start, going goal-for-goal in the first quarter.
Crafers goal attack Allison Dawe and goal shooter Tonin Brown
shot accurately and their attack line moved with confidence.
Aldgate wing defender Jemma Lawson applied great defensive
pressure, supporting the back court team well, while centre Bernice
Witkowski and wing attack Kate Philips worked well together, and
fed the Gaters shooters with vision.
Heading into quarter time, Aldgate led by three goals, and both
teams made only small positional changes.
Aldgate goal defender Jacinta Ekkelboom and goal keeper Megan
Turner contested with vigor for rebounds and kept the pressure on
the opposing goalies.
Wing defender Annabelle Witkowski and Philips continued to move
the ball down the court with intensity.
Great play came from Aldgate shooters Amy Nicholls and Maddi
Cordes, moving brilliantly and shooting with excellent goal accuracy,
despite defensive pressure from Crafers duo Rachel Dukas and
During the second quarter, Aldgate scored 14 goals to seven by
With Aldgate ahead 38-24 at half-time, each side decided to make
When play resumed, Crafers centre Karen Wardel applied plenty
of defensive pressure, as did wing attack Annelise Morris.
Aldgate wing defender Betty Heaslip put the pressure on and
contested the ball hard in true finals spirit, and in a closer contest,
the scoring difference during the stanza was just two goals in favor
Gaters goal keeper Megan Turner collected many rebounds
throughout the match, with Ekkelboom so close to several more
Crafers kept fighting, but Aldgate won the final quarter by five
Aldgate made much ground during the second quarter and
capitalised on the momentum to eventually win the grand final by
Ironbank and Picadilly fought out the B2 grand final, wich was a
rematch of the second semifinal two weeks earlier.
Ironbank started the first quarter with a couple of early intercepts
by wing defender Rachael Nankivell which provided the positive
momentum the side needed to settle.
Goal attack Elizabeth Maciunas provided strong leads and trade-
mark long bomb goals to convert opportunities to goals on the
Ironbank goal keeper Heidi Kloeden rebounded well and put
strong defensive pressure on each of Picadilly’s goal attempts.
Picaddilly’s centre Karina Canty provided strong drive through
the centre court as did wing attack Danielle Humphries and wing
defencer Monica Carmen.
Ironbank went into the quarter time break with a two-goal
advantage, and Picadilly made some changes, bringing on Ashlee
Schneemilch at goal defence for the second quarter.
She combined well with goal keeper Hannah Evans to continue
the strong defensive pressure in the goal circle.
Ironbank centre Emily Crump and wing attack Brittany Kloeden
continued to fight tirelessly in the centre court, passing into the goal
circle with pin-point accuracy.
Goal shooter Mel Womersley provided strong holds and accurate
shooting to reward the efforts of her Ironbank team-mates.
Goal defender Erin Garrihy made a number of timely intercepts,
allowing Ironbank to build its lead to eight goals at the main break.
Ironbank made changes, introducing Donna Gunn at goal attack
and Rebecca Stone on at wing defence.
Stone played an intense defensive game while Gunn provided
further support and fresh legs to Ironbank’s attack.
The Panthers also made changes, bringing Canty back into centre
and Ella Langford back into goal keeper.
Picadilly’s shooting duo Nikiesha Lamming-Slade and Kirsty
Feijen shot consistently well in the third term, but Ironbank extended
the lead to nine goals at three-quarter time.
The fourth quarter featured the Ironbank team take the court to
enjoy the closing 15 minutes of season.
The players continued to work hard and extended the margin win
by 14 goals and claim the premiership pennant.
Ironbank defeated Aldgate 38-32 in a hard fought C1 title match.
Aldgate began with the perfect start, winning the toss and scoring
the initial four unanswered goals through Kate Brooks and Alice
Gould, before Ironbank managed to respond.
However, Ironbank’s Michelle Hegarty and Lisa Ambler soon found
their range, with a flurry of quick goals securing the lead.
Julie Pringle worked hard at wing attack for Ironbank, gaining some
useful possessions, while Deb Gobbett was making life difficult for
the Aldgate shooters at the other end.
The Thunderettes went to the first break with a handy five-goal
Ironbank found some rhythm during the second quarter as Elle
Cook and Karen Dangerfield combined well with wing defender
Jodie Farmer to limit Aldgate’s ability to score, and held the Gaters
to five goals for the quarter.
Teagan Cordes – who had already won a junior premiership in
the morning – was tireless at centre for Aldgate, but Ironbank
counterpart Nicole Moxham made her work hard to earn every
Ironbank put on nine goals for the quarter, to take a similar margin
The third quarter continued in a similar vein as Pringle moved
to goal attack and, while the exceptionally close defence of Amy
Stewart and Ayla Rodriguez made scoring difficult for Ironbank, the
Thunderettes extended their lead to 12 goals at the final change.
The closing term threatened to end in a boilover, with Aldgate
determined to win possession.
A number of unanswered goals found Ironbank’s lead shrinking
before the reigning premier steadied the ship, maintained
possession and scored some goals.
As the rain and fatigue set in, Ironbank survived a 12-goal final
quarter onslaught from Aldgate, to win by six goals and retain the
C1 premiership shield.
Heathfield emerged with premiership glory following a 44-34
triumph over Piccadilly in Saturday’s C2 grand final.
As the teams took the court, it was apparent the title decider was
going to be a nail-biter, with intensity high as all players offered
some signs of nerves.
The nerves quickly increased for Heathfield as the agile play of
Piccadilly interrupted plans and intercepted the Stars passing game.
Piccadilly continued to dominate Heathfield throughout the first
quarter, with zone defence, speed and phenomenal goal shooting.
It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Stars began to respond.
The growing momentum behind Heathfield defensive duo Jen
Burch and Tammy Hayward brought the Heathfield crowd to its feet
as the two worked relentlessly to turn Piccadilly goal attempts into
Througout the second half of the match, Heathfield had a steady
hold of Piccadilly, leading by five goals at three-quarter time.
Heathfield goalies Sarah Barrera and Kate Gallasch displayed
resistance and found their feet as they delivered exceptional goals
and spurred on the Heathfield supporters.
Stars midcourters Sophie Hage, Kate Bishop and Rose Peake
similarly kept working hard and came out with speed and tenacity.
Heathfield’s precise cohesion and steadiness was reflective of the
team’s ability this season, and the group worked hard to achieve the
ultimate prize by 10 goals.
Under 17 Div 1
Aldgate completed an impressive undefeated campaign with a 50-
34 victory over Uraidla in last Saturday’s grand final.
Both teams were off to a strong start, going goal-for-goal in the
Uraida’ goal attack Lara Clothier moved well and shot with
excellent accuracy, well fed by centre Rosie Higginson and wing
attack Natalie Subelli.
Aldgate centre Kayla Dodd and wing attack Annabelle Witkowski
worked well together, feeding their shooters with vision and speed,
and at quarter time, the Gaters led by two goals.
Following a close first quarter, Uraidla held its positions, and
Aldgate only made minor changes.
Aldgate’s ‘Ellinators’ in goal defender Ella Lawson – winner of the
competition’s best and fairest honors – and goal keeper Ella Janes,
picked off many balls and rebounds.
Gaters shooters Abbey Goodwin and Maddi
Cordes were exceptional and wing attack
Leilani Shepherdson moved well and fed with
confidence, while wing defender Ayla Rodriguez
applied excellent defensive pressure and led with
In response, much pressure was also applied by
Uraidla goal defender Claire Pitchford and wing
defender Tahnee Sickerdick.
During the second quarter, Aldgate scored 15
goals to Uraidla’s four, to take a 24-11 lead into
Uraidla made some moves as Emily Tickner
came on as goal attack, adding another dimension
and shooting with skills, scoring many long bombs.
Uraidla centre Higginson applied plenty of
defensive pressure, as did goal keeper Emma
The Demons won the third quarter by four goals,
but Aldgate were in command 36-27 at three-
Heading into the final term, Aldgate made some
minor changes, and Uraidla kept fighting, with
Aldgate again winning the stanza by five goals.
Mackenzie Revitt, Georgia Wilson and Erin
Kaesler provided excellent cheering from
Aldgate’s reserve bench.
Aldgate made its mark in the second quarter,
capitalising on momentum to eventually take the
premiership by 16 goals.
Under 17 Div 2
Piccadilly took the Under 17 Division 2 title after
a come-from-behind, nail-biting finish against
Honors went to Stirling in the first term as it
opened a 10-goal lead through dominance right
across the court.
Piccadilly fought back in the second half to pull
back Stirling’s lead to three goals at half-time.
The teams went goal-for-goal throughout the
second half until Piccadilly built a slight buffer with
a few minutes remaining.
The final whistle blew with Stirling lining up for
what would have been the equaliser, leaving
Piccadilly to prevail by the narrowest of margins
following a great game played in great spirit.
Under 15 Div 1
Heathfield and Ironbank Green both came out
strongly in the grand final, and the intensity at
both ends was a great spectacle.
Maddison Richter and Demi Gunn worked well
together in the circle, with Grace Cope feeding
in well to the goalies, while Heathfield’s Bridie
Simmons and Allani Dawes worked hard in
The midcourt was also tough all the way as Jass
Adams and Layla Dorsey had a great contest
through the centre.
Hannah Ziesing and Tayla Walker working well
in the goals for Heathfield, while Taylor Brown and
Jenna Andrews applied pressure on the goals,
leaving Ironbank to lead by a goal at quarter time.
Imogen Kruse came on at wing defence in the
second term for Ironbank while Heathfield also
swapped wing attacks with Lilly Simmons and
The game continued to go back and forth with
little again separating the teams, with Ironbank
leading 15-14 at half-time.
The fluctuating battle continued in the third term,
with a few other changes made.
A few converted turnovers enabled Ironbank to
gain a few goals over Heathfield.
Adams made a great intercept and Brown and
Andrews managed to also rebounded well and
the girls converted.
Ironbank had gained control as it now led 26-21
at the final change.
Heathfield made a couple of moves as Zeising
switched to goal attack, Brooke Muehilberg
moved from wing attack into goal shooter, Dorsey
went back to centre and L. Simmons to wing
The game continued to be tight, and Ironbank
held a six-goal buffer with five minutes remaining,
however, Heathfield refused to conced, managing
turnovers and converting well.
Heathfield clawed back to reduce the margin,
and Ironbank had to dig deep to maintain its
In the final few minutes the margin was back
to two goals, as each team converted on centre
Even in the closing second, Heathfield had
an opportunity to level the scores but luckily for
Ironbank a turnover occurred, and it ended with
a 31-30 victory from a fantastic match to decide
Continued on Sport 19
Ironbank Green goal attack Lauren Davis (left) comes under pressure
from Bridgewater goal keeper Tamala Suraharjo (rear) in a contest for
possession while Raiders goal defender Amy Kotz (right) anticipates any
spilt ball during last Saturday’s thrilling 2016 Hills A-grade netball
grand final at Piccadilly.
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