Title contenders confirmed after thrilling MGNA semi-finals

Fans enjoyed eight great games headlined by two thrilling Division 1 encounters.

Minor-premier Hobitz Red faced Lakes Black and despite being the underdog, the latter was not afraid of its undefeated opponent.

Lakes Black showed plenty of determination with Emalee Stokker and Sarah Hawkins shooting well to earn a five-goal lead before the main break.

Although Hobitz Red continued to fight hard into the second half, Lakes Black held onto its tight lead in the close contest.

Sam Crute performed well under the goals for Hobitz Red, but her and Cindy Launder’s best efforts could not prevent Lakes Black from pulling off the upset of the season.

Bo Creek and Hawkins led Lakes Black to the 44-33 win, which secured an unexpected Grand Final berth.

A close battle was predicted between Amazons Pink and Grey and it did not disappoint.

The heat was on in the midcourt battle and the grey team scored a hard-earned early lead.

Both teams rearranged their on-court positions at half time, but Amazons Pink could not reduce the deficit.

Amazons Grey maintained its seven-goal lead into the last term, which saw the intensity lift with the season on the line.

Shooting accuracy was the only difference between the rivals and Amazons Grey took home the honours 49-41.

Best players for Amazons pink were Rebecca Northcott and Tilly Dohnt, while Abbey Cocks and Jordanna Jones took the awards for Amazons Grey.

Lakes Black and Amazons Grey will fight for the 2020 MGNA Division 1 premiership on court two at 3pm this Saturday.

MGNA I1 and Amazons Pink clashed in the opening Division 2 semi-final.

Amazons Pink hit the ground running and took an early lead, but MGNA I1 hit back to hold a four-goal advantage by quarter time.

MGNA I1’s lead rose to double figures before the final break, but the side did not enjoy a trouble-free run after a goalie fell victim to heat exhaustion.

However, the scare did not slow down MGNA I1, which powered home towards a 27-goal victory.

Chelsea Koopman and Iesha Goldsmith led the victors, while Tanya Tonkin and Bethany Hille impressed for Amazons Pink.

A fast start by MGNA V1 put Amazons Grey on the back foot in the other semi-final.

Amazons Grey struggled to contend with MGNA V1’s flowing game and the latter surged to a 21-goal win.

Leading players for Amazons Grey were Kaitlyn Opie and Brooke Holmes with MGNA V1 looking to Jess Grigg and Georgia Robinson.

The Division 2 decider between MGNA I1 and MGNA V1 will take place at court two from 1pm.

Hobitz set the pace in the Junior 15 competition and its momentum was not interrupted in the knockout final

Sari Mutton and Amarley Wilson were in strong form for Hobitz to secure a dominant 66-17 win over MGNA Z3.

Jessica Stutley and Kimberly Opperman impressed for MGNA Z3.

The MGNA V3 and MGNA Z4 clash was a much tighter affair with only seven goals separating the pair.

MGNA V3 emerged victorious thanks to Layne Blackwell and Harmony Kennett, while Tamika Leamey and Amy Innes stood tall for MGNA Z4.

Hobitz and MGNA V3’s challenge for the Junior 15 flag will begin at 11am on court two.

The Junior 13 players did not hesitate in the warm conditions and an all-Hobitz clash opened proceedings.

But the blue outfit crushed its white rivals by 63 goals with the victors’ best players Miley Vivian and Kiersten Cole.

Hobitz White’s top performers were Ashlyn Horn and Lucy Kerin.

MGNA Z5 was hardly troubled in its semi-final with Hobitz Red and won by 38 goals.

Best players for MGNA Z5 were Belle Gregory and Jenna Agnew, while Hobitz Red was led by Lara Wilson and Lacey Hannaford.

The Junior 13 Grand Final between Hobitz Blue and MGNA Z5 on court eight from 11am.

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