Wildcats claim grand final thriller

When the final siren went in yesterday’s North Gippsland Football Netball League A grade netball grand final, Woodside coach Kristy Lucas was unaware of the score.

“I had no idea where we were in time,” Lucas said.

“I was preparing for time on because I actually thought it was a draw.”

Woodside and opponent Rosedale were neck-and-neck for much of the game and were tied 46-all going into the last minute.

The Wildcats sealed the match with 30 seconds left on the clock, but don’t ask Lucas who scored the final goal.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you,” she said.

“I’m waiting to get a copy of that (the recording) to see how that last quarter unravelled.”

In a match where there was almost nothing separating the two teams, Lucas could not be prouder of her team.

“They did everything they were asked to do and never gave up,” she said.

“There were a few moments in that game where Rosedale looked to have momentum and everyone kept digging and digging to get that ball down to our attacking end.”

She named Carly Foat in defence and league best and fairest winner Andrea Foat as key players in the win.

“Carly Foat, who’s one of our experienced defenders, she kept that defensive end going and dictating play,” Lucas said.

“In the attack end, Andrea Foat… positioned herself well to take some easy goals.”

The mood was electric from the outset, with the crowd standing when the national anthem was sung.

“It set the tone form there,” Lucas said.

“The crowd were so vocal and part of the game, I don’t think I’ve experienced that intensity before from both sides.”

Despite the result, Blues coach Staci Scott hailed the game for the quality of the competition between the sides.

“The girls are obviously disappointed with the result, but at the same time… we played fantastically and so did Woodside,” Scott said.

“There was nothing between the two sides and the lead never changed from within two or three goals at a time.”

There was some consolation for Rosedale after the siren when captain Bron Tebb was named best on ground.

Scott said Tebb has been a “phenomenal player” for the Blues for more than five years.

“She’s a very strong girl, she’s our captain, she leads by example,” she said.

“For her to get that individual reward of best on ground, we were all so proud of her because she did do such a phenomenal job.

“She shut down Andrea (Foat), the goal attack of the other team and she came up with more intercepts than we could’ve asked for from her position.”

Scott stepped in to coach Rosedale after the position became available mid-season and said she “couldn’t have asked for anything more” from her players.

“Through the lead-up rounds we’ve worked on things, put things in place and worked on the little things that might be lacking in individual games,” she said.

“Yesterday each and every one of them delivered exactly what I expected of them.

“There wasn’t one player on the court where I thought they could’ve given a little bit more or done something different – they ticked every box for me.”

In B grade, Rosedale beat Glengarry 47 to 37, while in C grade Sale City clinched a one goal win over Rosedale – 28 to 27.

In D grade Sale City defeated Heyfield 29 to 19 and 17 and under Traralgon Tyers United won the day against Sale City, 34 to 33.

In 15 and under TTU won defeated Heyfield 30 to 26.