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Benalla netballers win regional competition

Benalla netball open and under-17 teams dominated the Goulburn/North East Regional State League Competition finals last week.

March 27, 2014 4:17am

Benalla netball teams dominated the Goulburn/North East Regional State League Competition finals last week, with the open team premiers and the 17-and-under team runners-up.

Robyn Smith’s open team of Kellie Keen, Jo Toms, Meaghan Tanner, Martine Rodger, Meg Morrison, Bridget Hill, Amelia McKay, Emily Martyn, Kylie Relf and Kate Symes remained undefeated all season.

‘‘In previous years, the open team has been quite young and inexperienced team and haven’t been able to reach a grand final,’’ Benalla Netball Association president Kellie Keen said.

‘‘This year, however, Benalla Netball Association were able to attract some experienced players as well as some youth and this worked out well.’’

Made up of players from Benalla Saints, Goorambat and district, Benalla All Blacks and Bonnie Doon, the open team dominated the competition before defeating Wangaratta Magpies 40-23 in the grand final.

Benalla dominated from the start with an outstanding defensive drive keeping the Magpies scoreless in the first eight minutes, while at the other end of the court goalers Keen and Rodger scored seven goals between them.

Playing some of the best netball of her career, vice-captain Toms dominated the defensive end with support from Hill, Tanner and Symes.

Toms earned the awards for the player of the grand final, and the most valuable player for the competition.

Benalla’s under-17 side also contested the grand final, but was beaten by an older and stronger representative Murray Netball League side.

Olivia Osborne, Rebecca Robinson, Mikaylah Lessing, Georgia Hooper, Zoie Chessor, Alexandra Davies, Georgia Spencer, Georgia Thomson, Emily Thomas, Grace Amarant, Kelsey Pallpratt and Chloe Hill took to the court without teammates Sarah Osborne and Chelsea Mailer, who were missing through injury.

‘‘The championships was a wonderful development opportunity for the players as they came up against some of the best players in the region,’’ Keen said.

‘‘With the region’s football/netball competitions to commence over the next few weeks, the state league competition has given players and coaches a good opportunity to get some match practise in before the start of competitions.’’

 

For full story see this week’s Ensign.

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