Ballarat seeks back-to-back titles in the Central Highlands Regional State League netball competition

BALLARAT will be out for double glory tomorrow when it aims for back-to-back titles in the Central Highlands Regional State League netball competition.

Not only will the Ballarat Football Netball League field an open division and 17 and under side in the grand final, it will also be striving for consecutive open division titles.

Undoubtedly going in as hot favourites to defeat the Riddell District Football Netball League, Australian Catholic University Ballarat FNL coach Kate McMahon said her side still expected a tough challenge.

“I’m extremely wary of them, anything can happen in finals,” she said.

“They beat us in an interleague match last year and that really hurt us, it hurt our pride.”

Having gone through the CHRSL round robin competition undefeated, which included two victories over Riddell, McMahon said it was her side’s consistency across the court that made it so strong.

“It is our undeniable depth ... throughout the squad that has given us the results we have,” McMahon said.

“Our task is to restrict the feed into the ring because they are such accurate shooters.

“Our preparation for the game has been thorough and we can’t wait to get out there.”

The winner of the match will contest the state finals on Sunday, July 20.

In the 17/under division, the Australian Catholic University Ballarat FNL will clash with reigning champions Eureka.

The 17/under match starts at 10am as a curtain raiser to the 11.30am open match, at Llanberis Netball Centre.

BFNL 10-player open squad: Erin Riley (Redan), Emma Burton (Lake Wendouree), Emma Henry (Redan), Molly Boyle (Lake Wendouree), Kara Hart (Lake Wendouree), Kirsty Walsh (Lake Wendouree), Katie Williams (Lake Wendouree), Stacey McCartin (North Ballarat City), Gina McCartin (North Ballarat City), Georgia Cann (Sebastopol).


WHAT: Central Highlands Regional State League

grand finals

WHERE: Llanberris Netball Centre

WHEN: Tomorrow, from 1.30pm