Juniors netballers set to light up court | 2017 HDFNL grand final

SOME of the Wimmera’s best young netballers will take to the Horsham City Oval court for Horsham District Football Netball League grand finals on Saturday.

ON TARGET: Laharum's Jordie McAuliffe will play a big role in the 17 and under grand final. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ON TARGET: Laharum's Jordie McAuliffe will play a big role in the 17 and under grand final. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

17 and under

Harrow-Balmoral v Laharum

THE 17 and under decider between Laharum and Harrow-Balmoral is set to be an exciting encounter that could go either way.

The Mountain Maids side had the better of the Southern Roos during the regular season.

It finished on top of the ladder and won the round seven encounter between the sides 46-32.

The second placed Southern Roos managed to turn the tables in a 34-29 semi-final win that propelled them directly into the grand final.

Laharum coach Erin Mellington said she would not be looking to change too much in the grand final.

“I think the girls just had a bit of an off day,” she said.

“It is just a matter of regrouping so that we can go out and it give it our best shot.

“The girls are just really excited, it’s really positive to see the juniors doing so well.”

The semi-final loss was only the side’s second for the season. Harrow-Balmoral also only dropped two games before winning into the grand final.

“Harrow-Balmoral are certainly a great team with some great players,” Mellington said.  

“We have a very strong midcourt that will hopefully get on top in the game.”

Mellington said her side would have to work hard to limit the impact of talented Harrow-Balmoral goal shooter Ella Rees.

“She’s just really tall and a great player who will be difficult to stop,” she said.

15 and under

Taylors Lake v                          Noradjuha-Quantong

AT THE end of the regular season Taylors Lake and Noradjuha-Quantong occupied the first two places on the 15 and under ladder.

While the Lakers made it through the season undefeated the Bombers lost two games.

Both of those losses came against their grand final opponent. In round three the result was 27-15 and when the teams came together again in round 14 it was a 39-30 wins for Taylors Lake.

After a comfortable 35-19 win against the Bombers in in the semi-final Taylors Lake deserve to be favourite to win on Saturday.

Mikayla Treacy shared the league’s best and fairest award and will play a big part for Noradjuha-Quantong. Bomber’s teammate Abby Hallam was one vote further back as runner-up alongside Taylors Lake’s Ella Slorach.

13 and under

Taylors Lake v Kalkee

KALKEE managed to finish the regular season on top of the 13 and under ladder but the team’s Taylors Lake opponent will also go into the grand final full of confidence. The Lakers have one both encounters against the Kees in 2017. In round six it was a 15-14 win and when the teams met in the semi-final the side managed a 26-22 win. League best and fairest Kayla Kelm will be crucial for Taylors Lake as will Kalkee’s Mia McGrath who finished third.