The Barellan Football and Netball Club had all four netball sides in the Farrar League finals for 2017.
Defending Premiers C Grade, coached by Louise Hornery and Christie Smith, battled heavy opposition through the season, taking some heavy defeats before managing to scrape in to the final four.
The ladies won their way through each round of semi-finals to the grand final. Pitched against a strong Temora the sides were fairly evenly matched.
Barellan was up by one goal at the first break, down by one at half-time, and up by one at the third quarter. Finally their luck ran out and they ended up going down by a miniscule two goals at the final whistle, 29-31.
It was an absolutely nail-biting finish and a worthy grand final. Louise Horney and Anna Melvin were the best placed players in the Farrar League voting.
The in-form B Grade, winning well in to the second round, couldn’t quite make it at the vital games. The team wound up in the elimination final. Keely Bloomfield was runner-up to Renae Manning of Northern Jets in the Farrar League votes, with Jessie McDermott and Christie Smith also polling well.
The A-Reserve had a good year, finishing neatly in the final four.
In the qualifying round TRYC defeated Barellan, Barellan then defeated North Wagga in the first semi final, and then a good win over TRYC gave the A-Reserve Two Blues a chance at the grand final.
Meeting the Northern Jets in the grand final was always going to be exciting, and so it was proved on court. The score was 9-8 at the first break. Barellan was still up by one point at half time, with scores at 25 apiece by the third quarter. In the final quarter then Barellan found something extra, and powered away to win 37-33, much to the relief of the strong Barellan supporter base. Barellan’s Goal Shooter Renae Rawle was judged Best on Court.
Northern Jets Goal Defence Caroline O’Brien, winner of the A-Reserve Farrar league Medal, played a great game, but Barellan attacks managed to counteract at vital times.
Karen Conlan and Renae Rawle were the best placed players in the Farrar League voting.
All credit to A Grade who just managed to get a berth in the finals, but bowed out to Coleambally.
Bridgette Keely on 19 votes was fourth in the Farrar League voting to Ruby Porter of EWK with Alice Kenny on 12 votes and Jessica Conlan on eight. Bridgette Keely and 14 year old Jessica Conlan were named in the Farrar League Netball Team of The Year. Barellan’s Paige Kenny, a 15s South West Junior netballer, won the Best and Fairest for 2017. Charlotte Rainbird 13s was Runner Up to Abbey Hamblin of GGGM. Congratulations also to Jessie Halden, who won the Best and Fairest in the Wagga juniors 15s netball for Coolamon.