The Saturday Gloucester and District Netball Grand Final day was held recently and we were treated to glorious weather and competitive nerve racking games of netball that could have been won by either team playing.
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Congratulations to Amelia Gruisinga awarded the Lynette Sampson Encouragement award and Madison Gooch the Coaches Award. Ellie Cameron was named the De Witte Transport Best New Player. Thank you girls for a great season, you have all improved each week in your skills and confidence and have been a pleasure to coach.
The grand final match was a thriller between the Black and Green teams. The Green team had a solid start with both shooters starting off strong and consistently adding to the tally. The Black team had a challenge on their hands at half time, being down by 6 goals. All the players fought hard during the game and the Black team mounted a comeback to only be down 3 goals at the 3/4 break. All parents and families looked on nervously as the last quarter progressed with the Green team fighting hard to keep the lead. At the final bell there was only 1 goal separating the team with Green victorious 23-22. A great effort all round girls and thanks to the team coaches as well for coming forward at the start of the season to mentor the younger players. The club appreciates your time and commitment to the players.
During presentation the Lynette Sampson Encouragement award was awarded to Alyssa Paton. Coaches award went to Olivia Hutchins - Green team coached by Ellie Schumann, Ruby Tonks - Pink team coached by Jess Anniwell, Bella Gunn - White team coached by Marnie Barkwill and Alice Murphy - Black team coached by Danielle Channon. Pointscore trophy for MVP was a tie between Abbey Seale and Mackenzie Schafer.
Onlookers were treated to a close grand final game in the Intermediate division between the Purple and Yellow teams. The score difference was 1 at 1/4 time with Yellow in the lead and a draw at the half time break. Again at 3/4 time team Yellow were ahead by 1 goal. The final quarter of the game saw the Purple team fight hard to come away with a win of 32-27 over Yellow. Well done to all the players.
Presentation of trophies followed the Intermediate game with Ella Howe awarded the Encouragement award and Tahnee Yates winning the Pointscore trophy.
The Tamika Preston Memorial Award for Sportsmanship was presented to Elizabeth Blanch by Mandy Finlay. EJ always helps out when asked and is happy to fill in umpiring, scoring and other duties that make each netball competition day run smoothly.
Presentation Raffle - thank you to everyone the purchased tickets and a special thank you to local business who supported our club this year by donating prizes. Your support is truly appreciated. 1st prize - Lisa Ragen, 2nd Kerry Burley and 3rd prize the Beggs family 4th prize - Jenny Merchant.
The club would like to make special mention and acknowledgment of Gloucester Betta Electrical for being our major sponsor this year. Stewart and the team at Betta have been long-time sponsors of our club and we are very grateful for their continued support.
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