Fisher Shield Netball Victory

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.    A rowdy University Hall ‘wolf pack’ and tight competition made for a thrilling Fisher Shield netball grand final night at the university courts last Thursday, August 30.

VICTORY: University Hall celebrating the women’s team win

By Laura McKee

St Mark’s and George Roberts men’s netball teams battled it out in a physical match that ended with George Roberts on top with a final score of 19-15. But a double George Roberts win wasn’t to be, as the women’s grand final game was taken by University Hall (29-20) in a passionate game against their rivals.

Men’s Report

PHYSICAL GAME: Competition favourites St Mark’s was defeated by George Roberts

St Marks was the men’s competition favourite but multiple turnovers and obstructions cost them the victory. They were down (16 to 7) at three quarter time but fought back in the last quarter, scoring eight points to finish the game.

Goal shooter Jack Perry shone for St Marks, scoring the most points, but it was David Clerke who was awarded Player of the Game.

George Roberts went into the grand final game hungry for the win, with a strong passing game feeding into the shooting circle.

Wing defense Ryan ‘Pumpkin’ Larry was outstanding, and goal attack Taylor Schmidt scored 13 out of the team’s 19 goals, putting on an impressive attacking display. Michael Saunders was awarded Player of the Game.

George Roberts’ goal attack Steven Batty said he was proud of his team who lost previously to St Marks in the round games.

“We started pretty slow with two losses but made our way through the comp and knocked out John Flynn yesterday and won the grand final today – it feels pretty good,” he said.

“We are a pretty tight knit team and we’ll all go for a beer now and have a bonding session.”

St Marks player Peter Ford said his team could have done better but he was happy with their efforts.

“We played the last quarter well but had a terrible first three quarters,” he said.

“Whenever we get into a final that’s not rugby it’s pretty special because it’s unusual.”

Women’s Report

FIGHTING SPIRIT: University Hall claimied victory over their rivals George Roberts

The female University Hall and George Roberts game was close with George Roberts only down by two points (14-12) at half time.

Both teams cooperated well as a unit but the positive encouragement from team members, vision and pinpoint passes meant the undefeated University Hall team came out on top once again.

University Hall goal shooter Emylee Boulter played a brilliant game, rebounding well and scoring 15 of 19 goals.

George Roberts goal defense Holly Trentin attacked and defended like a champion, receiving a mention from Captain Talia Hopkins who accepted the loss gracefully.

“We just couldn’t keep it together,” Ms Hopkins said.

“If we got the turnover we couldn’t bring it down and we just weren’t going into the right spaces at the right time.”

University Hall Captain Renee Currie said she couldn’t be happier for her team.

“We just kept our heads up and when they came close to us, we pulled it together”, she said.

“Everyone just played so well.”

The victors led the scoreboard for the whole game while a huge University Hall crowd cheered loudly. The ‘wolf pack’ sat on the sidelines booing the referee’s calls and cheered until their voices were gone.

University Hall coach Vicky Paige had nothing but praise for her team.

“It was a team effort all round and I’m very proud of the girls,” she said.

“We haven’t lost a game so it was a struggle because there was an expectation we would have it easy.

“Credit to the other team though – they gave it to us and it was tough.”