Lakes Black secures top netball title

The 2020 Mount Gambier Netball Association has drawn to a close after each grade completed its Grand Final at Olympic Park on Saturday.

The biggest cheer was heard from the Lakes Black side, which claimed an unexpected Division 1 title after entering finals as the bottom seed in fourth position.

But an inspired post-season campaign culminated with a strong victory over Amazons Grey in the decider.

Lakes Black’s defensive duo Bo Creek and Madison Pasquazzi piled the pressure on their opponents.

At the other end of the court Emalee Stokker and Sarah Hawkins pushed Lakes Black to a commanding position with strong shooting accuracy.

Amazons Grey struggled to keep up with its rival’s pace and the deficit ballooned out to 20 goals before the main break.

Kelsey Widdison and Emily Nicholson made their impact for Lakes Black before light rain slowed their momentum down.

Both sides had trouble adapting to the slippery surface, but it did not stop Lakes Black from securing the honours by 22 goals.
Creek was named best on court.

MGNA I1 and MGNA V1 both hit the court running in the Division 2 decider.

Only two points split the pair at the first break, but MGNA V1 hit back in the second term and levelled the scoreboard by half time.

A tense finish was in prospect, but windy conditions took its toll.

A few changes around the court handed MGNA I1 a three-goal lead during the third term thanks to Chelsea Koopman and Chloe Perryman.

The pressure ramped up in the closing stages with the cup still undecided.

Eventually MGNA I1 held on to win by a narrow two-goal margin led by best-on-court Montanna Millard.

A determined MGNA V3 side was no match for a strong Hobitz line up.

Hobitz came out with force and did not look back as the likes of Amarley Wilson and Skye Flint pushed hard.

The height advantage of Hobitz’ Tayla Doody and Evie Sealey proved damaging and a double-figure lead opened.

MGNA V3 could not close the gap and Wilson led Hobitz to a 30-goal triumph.

A close game was anticipated between Hobitz Blue and MGNA Z5 in the Junior 13 Grand Final.

The lead changed hands during the first half before Hobitz Blue turned the game around thanks to Zara Cole.

But MGNA Z5 did not give up without a fight and Hobitz Blue only won by four goals.

Sarah Miller’s performance did not go unnoticed and she secured best-on-court honours.

ON THE EDGE: MGNA V3’s Flik Kelly and Hobitz player Sari Mutton (pictured right) desperately search for possession in the Junior 15 Grand Final at Olympic Park.

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