Netball: Lakers triumphant in three

Lake Wendouree rose to the occasion on Ballarat Football Netball League grand final day, winning all three premierships on offer at Mars Stadium on Saturday.

REWARDED: Lake Wendouree's Jacqui Clifton, Madeline Wallis and Courtney McLean celebrate winning the B grade premiership. Picture: Kate Healy

REWARDED: Lake Wendouree's Jacqui Clifton, Madeline Wallis and Courtney McLean celebrate winning the B grade premiership. Picture: Kate Healy

While Sunbury may have had the biggest showing on the day with four teams in grand finals, the Lakers capitalised on their three opportunities in B, C and D-grade competition taking out each game over the Lions.

The teams put on a spectacle for the crowd in the B-grade grand final, with just one goal the difference in Sunbury’s favour at the first and second breaks. 

But the Lakers managed to gain control in the second half, taking a two-goal lead at the final change and pushing the margin out to six by the time the buzzer sounded. 

It was even closer in a thrilling C-grade battle, which started in similar fashion with Lakers leading by one at the end of the first and second quarters.

In the fourth term, the Lakers made a late charge to establish a three-goal buffer but Sunbury rallied well to level the scores and bring the game into extra time.

A goal-for-goal battle ensued with Lakers ahead 32-31 when time on the clock ran out, leaving the Lions to ponder what could have been.

In the D-grade grand final, the Lakers capped off four strong quarters with a comfortable 12-goal victory over Sunbury to claim their first of three trophies for the day.

The Lakers’ goalers Annie Maddison and most valuable player award winner Jenae Angove combined well.

It was a disappointing result for Sunbury, which finished its home and away seasons first in B and C grades.