Junior Eagles through to finals

The Under 13's netballers who have made it to the Grand Final. Back: Michelle Smith (Coach), Jess Forrest, Brooke Hall, Cyd Ryan, Olivia Kschenka, Tess Riley, Pippa Smith, Melissa Brooker (Coach). Front: Sophie Knagge, Zoe Absolom, Katelyn Johnson, Lauren Wicks, Marnie Grintell, Lily Longobardi.

The semi-finals were played last weekend, and the Narrandera Eagles under 13s netball side will contest the South West Junior Football Netball League Grand Final for 2017 at Coleambally
on Saturday.

The under 13s have enjoyed a fantastic year, finishing the home and away season in fourth position. Wins in the finals series have secured the girls a position in the Grand Final, where they will meet the minor premiers – the Leeton-Whitton Crows.

In chilly conditions, the Eagles started slow against the Jets but managed to match the Jets goal for goal. The Jets had momentum during the end of the first quarter and without great defence from Marnie and Jess the score from the Jets may have been very different. The score at quarter time was 6 -6.

In the second quarter the Eagles started slow, with too many turnovers allowing the Jets to score two quick goals. Eagles had to work hard in defence with plenty of intercepts by Brooke, Zoe and Lilly allowed the Eagles to score some goals but the Jets were too strong at the end of the quarter, winning the quarter 12-10.

In the third quarter the Eagles needed a strong start but missed some goals turning the ball over to the Jets, allowing the Jets to pile on five quick goals.

As the quarter went on the Eagles found form and started winning the ball through the centre with some great passing from Pippa, Lilly and Brooke and defence from Marnie and Sophie and the momentum started to swing towards the Eagles.

Katelyn and Loren began to put the ball through the net with some great shooting bringing the score back in the Eagles way 19-18.

In the last quarter, Eagles had momentum with some strong attack. In the end the Eagles were too strong for the Jets winning the game 25-21.

Co-Coaches Michelle Smith and Melissa Brooker are immensely proud of the girls, and would like to thank Team Manager Maree Johnson, all the parents and supporters, and mostly the girls themselves for their commitment this season.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to coach such a great group of girls,” the coaches said in a joint statement.

“It has been fantastic to spend time with them, and see them further develop their skills. This group of girls is extremely versatile, and are all capable of playing many positions on the court. They have come to us after learning with Narrandera’s Net-Set-Go Program, and their earlier years at Narrandera Eagles under coach Claire Bolton. Our job has been made easy by those before us.

“To make the grand final is an amazing achievement. Good luck girls.”

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