LBU netballers have mixed weekend on the court with only one week before the grand finals.By Geordie Cowan
North Bendigo recorded its first win in seven matches to keep its 2013 premiership hopes alive as it defeated Heathcote in the first semi-final at Huntly yesterday.
The Bulldogs only led by seven points at the main break, before kicking six goals to three in the third term.
The team went on to match that outcome in the last quarter to win by 42 points.
All preliminary finals will be played at Colbinabbin, while Elmore has been confirmed as the host for the grand finals.
■ A five-goal final term earned Huntly a preliminary final berth after it defeated Colbinabbin yesterday.
The Hawks led by just two points at the final change before kicking away with the 13.8 (86) to 8.14 (62) result.
■ The under 17s second semi-final saw Colbinabbin score a surprise upset win against Mt Pleasant at Heathcote on Saturday.
The Grasshoppers came from behind in the last quarter to snatch the 8.9 (57) to 6.13 (49) result.
Earlier, Colbinabbin led by eight points after a low-scoring first half, before Mounts kicked five goals to two in the third quarter to reverse the advantage at the final break.
However, Mt Pleasant only registered five behinds to the Grasshoppers’ two goals, pushing them straight through to the grand final.
Josh Hamilton, Liam Vale and Jeremy Morgan were the best for the winners, while Rhys Deacon, Blake Natoli and Zebb Clayden-Murrell led the way for Mounts.
Mt Pleasant will now play Leitchville-Gunbower in the preliminary final after the Bombers defeated Heathcote 13.12 (90) to 9.8 (62).
Only six points separated the teams at the final break, before Leitchville-Gunbower kicked five goals to one in the final term to win by 28 points at Huntly.
Riley Keath (four goals) starred for the winners, with Marty Hore, Jack Lunghusan, Aidan White, Kaleb Quinn and Hayden West impressive. Jack Dye also kicked three goals.
Liam Jacques, John Harvey, Liam Humphrey and Nick Tobin (three goals) were the best for the Saints.
Lockington-Bamawm United Netball Club had a mixed weekend of results in the Heathcote and District Netball Association finals.
Five teams played in the second semi-finals at Heathcote on Saturday, with the B grade and under 17 and 15 teams qualifying for the grand final, while the A grade and A reserve teams will have to play in the preliminary final.
After going through the season with just one loss, A grade fell to a 50-45 loss to White Hills.
The game was fairly even after a fast and high-scoring opening term with accurate goaling, before an injury to a Cats attacker saw them lose some momentum and trail by nine goals at half-time.
The team responded and brought the margin back to four goals by the final change, but the Demons held on to win by five goals with Danielle Sawyer and Michelle Atherton leading the way, while Rylea Cuttriss and Laura Hopkins were the best for the Cats.
■ A reserve must also return next week after a heartbreaking one-goal loss to Mt Pleasant, 47-46.
After an even first term, Mounts took a six-goal lead into half-time and, despite a great comeback by the Cats, Mounts held on for the win with Sarah Mannes and Kate McCann their best.
Jess Hardess and Emma Hall were the best contributors for LBU.
■ LBU galloped into the B grade grand final with a confident 40-34 win against Mt Pleasant.
The Cats started the game in terrific form with some accurate shooting and maintained a good defensive pressure to eventually win by 17 goals.
Michelle Stone and Emily Woodland led the way for the winners, with Anita Wild and Eliesha McKean the best for Mounts.
■ B reserve played in the first semi-final at Huntly yesterday, losing to Mt Pleasant 28-22.
Both teams started strongly, but its was Mounts who went into the second term with a five-goal lead.
Mounts continued to dominate possession in the third quarter and did enough to secure the win.
Caitlin Schroen and Ashley Bradley tried hard for the Cats, while Teagan Byrne and Rochelle Curnow were the best for Mt Pleasant.
■ LBU’s under 17 team also went straight into the grand final with a 37-26 win against home team Heathcote in an exciting game.
After a relatively even first half the Cats led by five goals, before pushing away in the final term.
Breanna Keath and Sally Woodland were best on for LBU, while Zoe Davies and Nicola McIvor impressed for Heathcote.
■ LBU moved straight into the under 15 grand final after a 38-18 win against Leitchville-Gunbower.
The Cats started strongly to earn the early lead and kept it through many turnovers and great shooting.
The Bombers kept coming and won the final quarter.
Sarah Eade and Candice Hay led the way for LBU, while Sheridan Gundry and Emily Hay tried hard for the Bombers.
■ In other netball results, Colbinabbin overcame Mt Pleasant to continue its run in the A grade finals, winning 45-40 yesterday.
The Grasshoppers were consistent across the court in the first quarter to take the lead, but Mounts fought back with accurate shooting and great defensive pressure.
After an even third term, Colbinabbin made the most of its turnovers to win by five goals with Felicity Ryan and Olivia McEvoy starring.
Megan Baird and Anthea Griffin were best on for Mounts.
■ Colbinabbin proved too strong for White Hills as they moved into the A reserve preliminary final, defeating White Hills 48-31.
After an even start, the Grasshoppers dominated the second quarter and established a good lead at half-time.
The team then went on to a strong last quarter, with Anne McEvoy and Brooke Garth the most impressive, while Zenda McConnell and Laurinda Sawyer were the best for the Demons.
■ Huntly overcame a dogged White Hills in B grade to win a thrilling match in extra time, 54-45.
The Demons started well to lead by six goals at the first change, but a strong Hawks defence saw the scores level by half-time.
From then on it was goal-for-goal, with both teams focusing on defence, with the Demons one goal up at the last change and finishing regular time with scores level.
But Huntly proved they wanted it more and came out to win the final battle by nine goals.
Hannah Rae and Lisa Evans led the way for the Hawks, while Melissa Harrington and Col Ferguson were White Hills’ best.
■ Huntly eased its way in the B reserve grand final with a 44-22 win against White Hills in the second semi-final on Saturday.
The Hawks came out firing to start well, but some good positional changes saw Huntly return fire in the second term.
However, Huntly finished the game with accurate shooting and confidence down the court, with Ally Charles and Jacinta Kelly leading the way.
Kylie Lamb and Larissa Clark led the way for the Demons who will now play Mt Pleasant in the preliminary final.
■ Leitchville-Gunbower’s under 17 team survived for another week with a 38-32 win against Mt Pleasant.
After a nervous start by both teams, some strong passages of play saw the Bombers hit the lead.
After an intense third quarter, Leitchville-Gunbower led by 10 goals before finishing with a six-goal win.
Kalani Walerys and Penny Lunghusan were best on for the winners, while Steffi Hawker and Olivia Stewart impressed for Mounts.
■ Mt Pleasant won a thrilling under 15 elimination final at Huntly, outlasting Colbinabbin to win 31-30 in extra time.
The Grasshoppers led early, but Mounts clawed their way back in a defensively excellent game.
In a nerve racking final quarter, both teams gave it everything but the scores finished tied.
Adelia Ilsley and Sarah McClusky were best on for the winners, while Mardi Ryan and Dimity Pearson were Colbinabbin’s best.
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