HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 7

HFNL Weekly Netball Wrap: Round 7

26th May 2023

A Cap of last week’s Results

There were no real surprises in last week’s results with North Warrnambool Eagles defeating Port Fairy by 46 goals.  Emily Saffin, coming up from the 17/U’s and filling a gap with both Skye Billings and Tahni Porter not available, played an outstanding game, scoring 25 goals and Tessa Allen, who has had a very consistent season to date, put in another solid performance for the Seagulls.

South Warrnambool defeated Terang Mortlake 69 – 48.  Terang Mortlake were able to go goal for goal in the first quarter but the Roosters opened up to a 15 goal lead by half time.  Eboni Knights was accurate in the goal circle for the Bloods while Isabella Rea was best on court for South Warrnambool.

Camperdown were ready to play when they took on Koroit at Leura Oval.  The first quarter was an intense contest and the improvement in the Magpies was evident only going down by 5 at the first break.  Koroit slowly wore down their opposition and were eventual winners 67 – 32.  Nell Mitchell contributed 52 goals for the saints and Molly McKinnoon had a consistent four quarters, whilst Piper Stephens had a great game for Camperdown.

Cobden easily accounted for the Portland FNCC winning 78 – 29.  The Tigers are affected with injury concerns at present but the Bombers are building and have been playing a great brand on netball in recent weeks.  The Finch Sisters (Emily and Jaymie) combined well in attack for Cobden and Madeline Stone was best for the Portland.

In the match of the Round between the Hamilton Kangaroos and Warrnambool, the match hung in the balance with the scores level at half time and the Blues held a narrow 2 goal lead at ¾ time.  The Kangaroos were able to turn that around in the final quarter and went on to win by 5.  Young Eva Ryan will be one to watch in the coming years having a great game in attack for the Blues.

Milestone Games

This week we congratulate Casey Barling who will play her 250th Open game for the Hampden FNL.  Casey started her netball career with Warrnambool playing 138 Open games before switching to Koroit in 2015 where she has played 112 Open games.  It’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge another Hampden FNL player with this milestone game as it’s an amazing achievement.   Casey is a 5 time Premiership player, a Premiership Coach, Interleague Representative, a Peta Richardson Medallist, Captain, a  well respected Team Mate and after this weekend, a Life Member of the Hampden FNL.  Congratulations Casey, wonderful milestone and hope you enjoy your game on the weekend.

My Predictions for this week

A fierce contest between Hamilton Kangaroos and Koroit will see Hamilton come out on top.  Portland will be back on the winners list with a win over Camperdown.  South Warrnambool should win comfortably when they take on the Eagles.  Cobden won’t have any trouble accounting for Port Fairy and Terang Mortlake who have improved so much from last year, should get the win over Warrnambool.  

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