FINALS WEEK #2 MATCH REPORT

FINALS WEEK #2 MATCH REPORT

Last week we saw our 6 remaining teams head up to Maffra, where conditions were not ideal with strong blustery winds affecting both football and netball.  Our U/13’s will be hoping to bounce back today to win through to the Grand Final after losses last week, whilst our A and B netballers can put their feet up with a week off; waiting to see who their opponents will be at the “big dance”.

On the courts our U/13’s took on the powerful Minor Premiers Sale, to start the day in awful conditions for the young teams.  Unfortunately for us the Sale girls handled it far better and despite our “mini maroons” never giving up, ran out winners 31-14.  Best on court was Charlie Hamilton.  A second chance awaits them today as they take on Maffra. 

After a well-earned week off, our B Grade Ladies took on Leongatha. It was a tight, tough contest throughout but in the end, we prevailed 30-25.  Best on court was Chelsea Livingstone.

Our A Grade are desperate to avenge last season’s final loss and took the first step by winning through with a great 48-38 victory over the minor premiers.  With all playing their “roles” the team handled the conditions and pressure superbly.  Best on court was Ramayer Gourley. 

On the oval, it was not a happy day with all 3 of our teams going down.  Both the U/16’s and 3rds were coming off a week’s rest and maybe were a bit “rusty”.  The 16’s kicked off the footy side of things against Warragul taking a 7-point lead into ¼ time with the only goal of the term.  From this position the young “Gulls” took over, extending their lead at every break booting 6.7 to our 1.1 for a well-earned win.  Our guys get the chance today taking on Moe, to try and get a win and earn a rematch next week in the Grand Final.  Best players were Christian D’Angelo, Hunter Watson, Hugh Dunbar, Kade Ruyters, Sam Hallyburton and Oliver Turnbull. 

In the 3rds the first 10 minutes was an arm wrestle before Maffra (with the aid of the wind) kicked the only goal of the term. Our turn with the wind saw us boot 3 but let the Eagles in with 2 themselves to see us a point up at the main break.  The “premiership quarter” saw Maffra take their chance by kicking 4, but with 2 of our own kept the margin to a manageable 11 points, coming home with the “breeze”.  In a hard-fought final term, we just could not finish things off, eventually going down by 4 points.  Best were Luis D’angelo, Max Luckie, Darion Duncan, Matthew Scholtes, Tom Webster and Cohen Ruyters. 

In the Reserves, we were never really in the hunt in the conditions as the bigger bodied “Eagles” took control from the start with 2 early goals, keeping us scoreless to lead by 14 at ¼ time.  A goal apiece in the 2nd kept us within striking distance but 2.1 in the 2nd half was not enough as Maffra put on 4.6 to run out winners by 32 points.  Best were named as Jason Garnett, Josh Twite, Zac Gray, Wilson Gaudion, Ben Cheetham and Jordan McMillan.

Last Sunday our Youth Girls took on reigning Premiers Sale City in the Grand Final.  In windy conditions not ideal for scoring, our girls kicked the only goal of the first half, with the 3rd being an arm wrestle, but the girls held their structures to be up by 15 at the final change.  Despite a late goal by Sale City they held their composure to take the points by 2 goals to cap off a fine season.  Best players were Matilda Van Berkel, Lily-Rose Williamson, Chloe Bailey, Lauryn King-Church, Chelsea Hooper, Jorja Halsall, Larni Jackson and Gemma White.  All at TFNC congratulate Brett, the girls and all involved on a wonderful achievement.

Dates to Remember

Vote Count – Sunday 22nd September – Further details to come. 
Presentation Night – Thursday 26th September – See Club FB page for more details.

Helpers

TFNC will be hosting the Gippsland League Grand Final on Saturday 21st September.  If you can spare a few hours anywhere during the day, please let Livo or Vanni know.

Today we have 4 teams competing and we wish them all the best as they endeavour to make it through to the final week of the season and a chance to take home some “silverware”. 

Go Maroons!

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