Laharumd dig deap to get over the line against Harrow-Balmoral | 2017 HDFNL junior netball grand finals

17 and under

LAHARUM came from behind to win in a thrilling 17 and under grand final against Harrow-Balmoral.

The side trailed at every break but founds itself in front at the right time to win 41-40.

Laharum coach Erin Mellington said the result was crazy at the end of a great game.

“The girls just dug deep and fought so hard,” she said.

“They wanted it from the start but we just had a couple of off quarters. Once we won the third quarter we fired up a bit more and I think that is what got us over the line.”

The Southern Roos side led by two goals at quarter time and extended its lead to five goals at half time.

A big third quarter by best on court winner Jordie McAuliffe helped her team work its way back into the contest but Laharum still face a one goal deficit with a quarter to play.

By halfway through the final quarter scores were level before but Harrow-Balmoral still had a slight advantage as the teams went goal for goal.

By creating late turnovers Laharum edged in front with less than two minutes to play and held on to secure its first 17 and under premiership since 2011.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Mellington said. “I’m glad that both Harrow-Balmoral and Laharum delivered on that for the crowd.

“It’s a great reward for a lot of hard work throughout the season.”

15 and under

TAYLORS Lake were comfortable winners in the 15 and under grand final against Noradjuha-Quantong. 

After a tight first half the Taylors Lake side opened up the game before it won 32-20.

Lakers coach Michelle Slorach said the friendships within the team were crucial.

“We have quite a few that have played since net-set-go together,” she said. “The group has just managed to stick together; they are just amazing girls.”

The scores were locked after the first quarter before Taylors Lake got out to a three goal lead at half-time.

By three-quarter time the side led by 7 before eventually winning by 12.

Lakers goal attack Jorrdan Weir won the best on court medal.

13 and under

AFTER tight encounters during the season Kalkee were all over Taylors Lake in the 13 and under grand final.

It was one way traffic from the first to last whistle as the Kees won 25-12.

Kalkee coach Joanne Martin said the win felt fantastic. “I was quietly confident,” she said. “The girls were well prepared and the team just get on so well together.”

An eight goal to one opening quarter set the match up and Kalkee maintained momentum throughout. Kees goal attack Mia McGrath won the best on court medal.

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