HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 18

HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 18

25th August 2023

A Cap of Last Week’s Results

In the match of the Round, Cobden were victorious over ladder leaders South Warrnambool.  The Bombers had to find something extra after getting off to a slow start but they had a great 2nd and 4th quarters and eventually defeated the Roosters by 6 – 48 to 42.  Emily Finch, scoring 39 goals, had an outstanding game in attack for her team and Hollie Phillips scored well for South with 25 goals.  Warrnambool were well prepared for their clash against North Warrnambool and took an 8 goal margin into the first break.  The Eagles made some changes and fought back to be within 2 goals by half time but inaccuracy cost the Eagles in the 2nd half and the Blues went on to win 52 to 42.  Portland found a way to overcome a determined Port Fairy winning 39 to 34.     Hamilton Kangaroos had a comfortable win over Camperdown, downing the Magpies 65 to 29.  Hayley Sherlock was best for the Kangaroos and Elsie Sinnott tried hard for the Magpies.   The young Magpies team have improved significantly throughout the Season and I’m sure we’ll see the benefits of their work in the coming years.  In the final match of the round Koroit had to fight off a determined Terang Mortlake.  With the score level at half time Koroit were able to settle and get on top in the 3rd quarter and went on to win comfortably 52 – 34.  Johanna Glennen caused a few headaches for the Saints early and Millie Jennings played well for the Saints.   

VNL – Ally O’Connor 

Congratulations to Ally O’Connor from the South Warrnambool FNC who was recently selected to play for the Northern Territory Storm in the Australian Netball Championships currently being held in Queensland.   Whilst the Territory Storm have failed to win a game to date, Ally is certainly having a great tournament, on some occasions being named in the best players for the Northern Territory.  Ally was also named in the Victorian Netball League Championship Team of the Year as a centre court player.  A huge Congratulations on all your netball achievements so far Ally and wishing you all the best for your future netball career.    

Milestone Games

Congratulations to Jesse Crane who last week played her 200th Club Game for the Hamilton Kangaroos.  Jesse is a multiple Premiership winner and a Crawford-Quinn medallist.  According to her Club she is also a coaching extraordinaire and is loved by everyone from the Club.  Awesome effort Jesse, Congratulations.  

Junior Grand Finals

Congratulations to the 13/UR and 15/UR teams who will compete for a Premiership in this week’s Grand Finals being held at the Reid Oval this Sunday, August 27th.

In the 13/UR game, South Warrnambool will play Koroit at 11.00 a.m. and in the 15/UR game being played at 12.15 p.m.,  South Warrnambool will come up against Warrnambool. 

Best of Luck to all teams competing this Sunday in both Football and Netball Grand Finals.

Important Dates

This year’s HFNL Junior Best and Fairest Count is being held at the Warrnambool Racing Club on Monday September 4th at 6.30 p.m.

The Maskell and Dot Jenkins Medal Best and Fairest Counts is once again being conducted online with live crosses to Club gatherings for Presentations.  This will be held on Sunday September 17th commencing at 12.00 noon.  

My predictions for this Week.

With ladder positions 4 and 5 still up for grabs, Warrnambool will need to defeat Cobden if they want to ensure they finish in the top 5.  They are a team who have been playing well at the right end of the season and could challenge the Bombers.  I think Cobden have been building for some weeks and are also finding some great form when it counts most.  The Bombers will have the upperhand but the Blues will not go down without a fight.  The Hamilton Kangaroos also need to overcome Terang Mortlake if they are to make Finals.  The Bloods have been competitive with most of the top teams and could help shape the final five but I think the Kangaroos will have too much to lose and will come away with a win.  North Warrnambool have put themselves in a pressure situation, also needing a win to make Finals.  They have the team on the board to take the win over Koroit but will need to play at their best if they are to remain in the top 5.  Koroit have already secured a top 3 spot but the Eagles have too much to lose if they drop this game – North will win a close one.  Portland host South Warrnambool and are always tough to play at home.  The Roosters won’t have too much trouble accounting for the Tigers and will have a comfortable win.  Camperdown will be keen to finish off their challenging season with a win and I think they are capable of achieving that with a win over Port Fairy.

Good Luck to all Football and Netball Teams competing this weekend.

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