MID Gippsland Green went into Friday night’s Eastern Region Netball State League final as firm favourite following an undefeated season, but fell at the final hurdle against Alberton 48-33.
All eyes were on the critical goal circle matchups, but both sides started nervously and consistently missed the hoop in the early stages.
The first quarter had Alberton put up 23 shots for a 14 goal result compared to Mid Gippsland’s seven goals from 10 shots.
Alberton took advantage of the lack of creativity Mid Gippsland was offering in its goal circle, reading the run of play with ease to thwart several attacking raids.
A personnel change for Mid Gippsland on the attacking end breathed new life into Green’s shooting, and while they outscored Alberton for the first time in the match it was too little too late.
The 17 and under Alberton side made it two from two on the night with a 52-32 win over Sale.
Gippsland sister act Kylie and Stacey O’Brien featured in the awards for the open division; Stacey (Gippsland) was named most valuable player and Kylie (Churchill Indoor) earned the ‘hot shot’ award.
The All Star teams for both divisions were announced and presented few surprises.
Open All Stars Goalers: Jessica Hilliar (MG Green), Kylie O’Brien (CINA), Jarney Thomas (Alb) and Rachel Shaw (Gippsland). Mid Court: Stacey O’Brien (Gipp), Rachelle Chapman (MG Green), Danielle Ryan (EG) and Allison Tewierik (MG Green). Defenders: Ebony Best (Gipp), Kara Wogan-Browne (Alb), Catherine Bulmer (EG) and Christie Hillberg (Alb).
17 and under All Stars Goalers: Hannah Flanders (Alb), Hannah Buys (Sale), Amy Houghton (MG) and Ashleigh Wyatt (Gipp). Mid Court: Montana Holmes (Sale), Piper Bennett- Swinley (MG), Shelby Wulffers (MG) and Elis Sim (MG). Defenders: Sarah Greenwood (MG), Kirsty Hodgson (NG), Karlee Dal Pra (NG and Bree Guttridge (Gipp).