B grade carries hopes

September 09, 2017

Picola and District Netball League 2017 award winners (from left) C reserve best and fairest Tayla Gittens, B grade runner-up best and fairest Kat Wippel and B grade best and fairest Shannon Mills.

MATHOURA Football Netball Club has one hope left in the Picola and District League grand finals tomorrow.

B grade has had an incredible year with only two losses and a draw placing them second on their respective ladder.

They’ll play-off against Strathmerton for the title of 2017 premiers and will have the entire club behind them as the final team remaining.

Timbercutters coach Kat Wippel said most of the team had never played together before or in a long time.

‘‘From the very beginning we have just clicked as a group,’’ she said.

‘‘All the girls play with passion and they play for the team.

‘‘I think the fact that we are a team on and off the court is the reason behind our success.’’

‘‘As individuals they are all great players but when they take the court as a team they are amazing players all feeding off each other,’’ she said.

Wippel said they were looking forward to pushing Strathy all the way tomorrow with both teams having won on occasions they’ve met throughout the season.

‘‘Strathy are a faced past, tall team and they will challenge us all over the court,’’ she said.

‘‘We have won one and lost one against them, but if everything falls into place and we play our own game like we have all year I think we are an extremely good chance on Saturday.’’

Mathoura finished above the Bulldogs, whom were fourth on the ladder and having to fight their way through Tocumwal, Blighty and Deniliquin to make the big dance.

The Timbercutters had a smoother run, defeating Blighty in the qualifying round and going straight into the grand final after a 10-goal win over Deniliquin in the semi-final.

And they’ll go into the game with the league best and fairest and runner-up best and fairest on their list.

Shannon Mills took out best and fairest award for 2017 and Wippel was runner-up in Monday night’s vote count.

Wippel said it was a testament to the year the team has had.

‘‘We couldn’t have done it without our team out there with us week in-week out,’’ she said.

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