Hard news on Sunday with North seniors losing their semi final game by 2 points and bowing out of the Premiership race. After leading Darley on the scoreboard at half time, we were unable to keep the lead and a kick for goal in the dying minutes missed to have us come away defeated. Darley’s stars played a dominant game, Steve Kennedy, Brian Graham and Heath Scotland all demonstrating why they have been such a successful team in the past few years.
Despite a very solid back line defense and swift ball movement from the back up the ground, we were just unable to convert and struggled with the strong Darley defense in our forward end. Disappointment for all involved including players, support staff and club members. However as captain Simon McCartin and Josh Bromley Lynch said in the rooms after the game, the club has a strong focus and closeness that will take them through to next season and if the close results that we have had in the two finals does not becoming a motivating factor then nothing will.
Meanwhile our A grade superstar netballers have gone straight through to the Grand Final on the 22nd of September and our U/18.5 footballers are also in the big dance so certainly exciting times still to come. Our 19 & Under netballers will face Lake Wendouree at City Oval on Saturday morning in their Preliminary final. Hopefully the girls will make their way through to the Grand Final as well.
Last weekend our 19&U side took on Ballarat in a thrilling semi final match. The girls had a slow start, going into the first break 5 goals down. The second quarter was much more promising for the Northies, utilising the ball when vital turnovers were made, from this they managed to stack on a huge 12 goals to be in the lead by 1 at half-time. The Swans certainly weren’t giving up and fought back in the third-quarter to give them a buffer of 4 goals going into the last quarter. The Northies had a big task ahead of them and they worked tirelessly until the final whistle, unfortunately being defeated 35-31.
This weekend they will try to keep their grand final hopes alive when they play in the preliminary final against Lake Wendouree at City Oval commencing at 9am.
A grade had another stellar start to their game, blowing East Point out of the water with a 14-6 first quarter and they certainly didn’t stop there. The Northies were a driving force across the entire court, with critical turnovers being made by the defenders to assist the goaling end to capitalise. With tight defence, driving midcourt work and accurate goaling, this was a recipe for success and gave the girls greater motivation knowing it would give them a grand final position. The Northies continued their form and managed to maintain their buffer against East to come away with a 51-35 victory, cementing them a place in their 5th grand final appearance in 6 years.