Better luck next time

 Year 7 Girl’s Netball report 

Ten very excited girls travelled to Mill Park Stadium to compete against nine other schools for netball glory. With Whittlesea having the first game off they were able to watch their competition in their pool as Mill Park and Mernda battled it out. With this valuable information, Whittlesea took on Mernda head on and with some great defensive work by Kirsten, Maree and Hannah they managed to defeat Mernda 25 -1. Also a fantastic effort was put in by Eden who shot 11 goals in one half of the game.

With a quick break, the girls found themselves back on court heading up against Mill Park. The girls rallied again as this game decided who won the pool and would advance into the grand final pool. With some quick goals by Cassie and Eden in the first half they led at half time 13-1. Mill Park came back in the second half but thanks to a brilliant midfield team Keeli, Madi, Dakota and Maree they were able to hold off Mill Park and winning convincing 20-8, putting them into the grand final pool.

The first round of finals had Whittlesea up against a very quick Lakes side. It took the girls by surprise but they matched their pace and played a much smarter game with Indiana and Jade providing some pivotal goals in the game to take the win 19-7.

The girls had made the grand final out of the nine teams on the day and it was a whole team effort to get there as well. Their opponent for the grand final was Hazel Glen, who had defeated every team by over 30 points. Hazel Glen put our defences to the test and the girls stood strong against a much taller side. In the second half we were able to match them better and play a game more to our advantage and we lost the second half only by seven points, which is fantastic credit to the girls to adapt and keep motivated. Unfortunately the girls went down 32-8 but the score did not reflect the work rate and fighting spirit the girls showed!

A huge thank you to Eden Draper and Zoe Groves who scored and were assistant coaches for the day.

Well done girls!

James Devlin

Coach & Sport Teacher