A Cap of last week’s Results
Port Fairy played a solid game against Camperdown and came away with their first win. Tessa Allen has had a very consistent season and had another best on court performance to help the seagulls get their first points. Hamilton Kangaroos had a comfortable win over Terang Mortlake opening up a 7 goal lead at the first break. They continued to build on that lead and were eventual winners 69 – 43. Portland are still struggling with numbers in their Open Division and were no match for South Warrnambool with the roosters winning 70 – 30. Koroit and North Warrnambool fought out a very close game at Victoria Park. North took a 4 goal lead into the last quarter and stretched that to 6 goals during the last but were not able to capitalise on their opportunities. Koroit made some changes late in the game and came out on top amongst a finals fever atmosphere. The final score 41 – 39. In the Warrnambool V Cobden clash the Blues challenged the Bombers and were only down by a goal at the main break. Amy Wormald limited the opposition’s scoring opportunities but Cobden were able to get on top after making some changes in their attack and went on to win 55 – 36.
What a fantastic result it was for the Hampden FNL last weekend when the 17/U, 15/U, 13/U and 13/UReserves all won their respective grades at the Western Association Championships Preliminary Rounds. The 17/U, 15/U and the 13/U teams have all earnt the right to compete on Finals Day at the State Netball Centre in Parkville on Sunday June 18. It was an awesome effort by all teams and a big thank you to all the Coaches who guided their teams extremely well to ensure the great result. The HFNL were also well represented with our Umpires – Leo McGrath, Emma Lucas, Ashlyn Whelan and Stephanie Wiffen. There were also 6 other Umpires who regularly umpire with the Hampden League, umpiring on Sunday for other Associations. Congratulations to the Umpires who were awarded finals. Overall it was a great day of competition and a fabulous result for the Hampden FNL. Look forward to seeing how far we can go on Finals Day.
My Predictions for This Week
The highlight will surely be when South Warrnambool take on Cobden at the Cobden Recreation Reserve. We have waited till round 9 to see the top two teams battle for supremacy. I expect it to be a goal for goal, close, skilful contest with the Bombers getting a narrow win.
In what I expect will be another close contest, Port Fairy travel to Hanlon Park to play the Portland Tigers. Portland have been very inconsistent in their performances this season but they will be keen to get their first win over Port Fairy who were also winless until last week. I think the Tigers can get the win here.
Terang Mortlake host Koroit. Both of these teams have had their ups and downs this season and Terang have been very competitive against most teams. I think they will be very competitive but the experience of Koroit will be too much to overcome and the Saints will take the points.
The Hamilton Kangaroos make the journey to Leura Oval, Camperdown. The Kangaroos will have too much experience for the young Magpies and will win comfortably.
In the final game this week, Warrnambool take on North Warrnambool Eagles at Bushfield. Warrnambool had a great game against Cobden last week when they were only a goal behind at the main break. I don’t think we have seen the best from the Eagles as yet but they will be keen to stay in touch with the top sides and that might be the incentive they need to take their tally to 5 wins.
Good Luck to all teams competing this Weekend.