With its most successful season in four years under its belt, Waubra is now looking to make an impact in the Central Highlands Netball League A-grade finals.
COMING TOGETHER: Waubra coach Hana Baker and captain Jane Douglass are set to kick off their Central Highlands Netball League A-grade finals campaign against Ballan on Saturday. Picture: Kate Healy
The Kangaroos missed out on a top four spot and a double chance by just four points, but player-coach Hana Baker said their position in the past few rounds had been a nice change to previous seasons when the team had been reliant on other results to scrape into finals.
“Our place in the eight was pretty solid,” Baker said. “It was a nice place to be, to be confident that we did enough throughout the season that those things didn’t matter.”
Waubra is set to face the seventh-placed Ballan in an elimination final at Dunnstown on Saturday.
“We know they’re going to be strong,” Baker said.
“They’re traditionally a team that don’t give up – they just throw everything at it, are really tough and play really physical games.
“When we come in it just means we have got to play our own style of netball and just focus on ourselves.
“That’s all we can do, put together our best game, play the way we know we like to play and try set the tone rather than letting them do that.”
Captain Jane Douglass said following a midseason lapse, the players had returned to what they knew worked to get back on track.
Now, after toppling teams higher on the ladder and dropping some games they should have won against lower sides, Douglass said her teammates had the belief they belonged with the top and would carry that into the game against Ballan.
“It’s the strongest team we’ve had in a while,” Douglass said. “So we’re hoping for the best and knowing that we do have a stronger side, it’s always positive and always exciting going into finals.”
Meanwhile, Buninyong’s A-grade squad faces the undefeated Learmonth in a qualifying final on Saturday.
Bombers coach Meg Gilbert said the team had been working on some key areas of its game in the final rounds of the season in the lead up to its finals campaign, including looking after the ball and being patient in attack.
“We’ve improved over the course of the season,” she said. “We know last time we played Learmonth, the result wasn’t in our favour.
“There were a couple of areas where they just beat us 100 per cent and we will be trying to rectify that this week and hopefully change the outcome this time around.”
Gilbert described securing a top four position and the double chance as very important for the group, believing it would give her players some piece of mind.
“Everyone plays to make the finals,” she said.
“We’re really excited to be there this year and just hope that we can make it deep.”
Meanwhile, the last time Bungaree and Springbank met, they competed in a thriller that ended in a draw.
The Demons and the Tigers have been neck and neck in second and third positions on the ladder respectively for most of the season with only percentage separating the sides.
Meeting in a qualifying final on Saturday in Buninyong, a winner and loser this time around is guaranteed – although a top four spot means a second chance.
And Dunnstown and Hepburn meet in an elimination final in Waubra after the Burras scraped into the top eight with a draw.
The Towners were dominant in the teams’ previous meeting, but the Burras have stormed home in the final rounds of the season, only defeated once in the previous nine rounds.
QUALIFYING FINAL (at Learmonth)
13/UNDER: Buninyong v Dunnstown
15/UNDER: Buninyong v Daylesford
17/UNDER: Bungaree v Buninyong
C GRADE: Hepburn v Springbank
B GRADE: Bungaree v Hepburn
A GRADE: Learmonth v Buninyong
ELIMINATION FINAL (at Waubra)
13/UNDER: Springbank v Bungaree
15/UNDER: Newlyn v Clunes
17/UNDER: Dunnstown v Creswick
B GRADE: Waubra v Dunnstown
A GRADE: Dunnstown v Hepburn
QUALIFYING FINAL (at Buninyong)
13/UNDER: Carngham v Hepburn
15/UNDER: Learmonth v Bungaree
17/UNDER: Hepburn v Learmonth
C GRADE: Learmonth v Bungaree
B GRADE: Learmonth v Springbank
A GRADE: Bungaree v Springbank
ELIMINATION FINAL (at Dunnstown)
13/UNDER: Creswick v Beaufort
15/UNDER: Springbank v Hepburn
17/UNDER: Newlyn v Gordon
C GRADE: Gordon v Buninyong
Central Highlands Netball League teams for finals on Saturday and Sunday:
BUNGAREE: Poppy Douglass, Eboni Knights, Claudia Masek, Grace O'Dwyer, Kathryn O'Dwyer, Charlotte Todd, Grace Todd, Alanna Wood
BALLAN: Chelsea Burns, Stephanie Burns, Bianca Harris, Brittany Hitchings, Katelyn McGregor, Jayme Nielsen, Narelle Perkins, Samantha Plester, Jessica Snaith
BUNINYONG: Janice Ayars, Rebecca Barnes, Laura Bourke, Mia Conlan, Zoe Ottavi, Meg Gilbert, Jane Robertson, Stephanie Strachan, Michelle Younger
SPRINGBANK: Amy Conroy, Kelly Conroy, Roisin Fradd, Thea Hinchliffe, Casey Johnstone, Cynna Kydd, Marney O'Brien, Alizah Osborne, Maggie Quinlan
WAUBRA: Anna Coote, Bethany van Rossum, Caitlin Barker, Caitlyn Murphy, Emily Atkins, Hana Baker, Jane Douglass, Mahli Bird, Rachel Grawich, Rachel Murphy
HEPBURN: Zali Brown, Kath Carman, Libby Denouden, Tara Ford, Kira Howard, Brydi Hutchinson, Deb Hutchinson, Hayley Kinross, Lauren Richardson, Madison Selmon, Georgia Stone
DUNNSTOWN: Lily Barker, Rhiana Collins, Elenoa Costello, Jane Costello, Amelia Cross, Johanna Dash, Georgia Hooper, Molly Jeffrey, Andrea Nolan, Maddison Peterkin, Melissa Ryan, Claire van Dreven
NEWLYN: Kirsty Bull, Gabby Carson, Kristina Clohesy, Ryleigh Haire, Nicole Hammond, Eliza Martino, Erin Shortal, Alli Slater, Talia Slater, Courtney Righetti, Cara Vanzini
BUNGAREE: Olivia Browning, Amanda Clarke, Laura Forbes, Molly Grech, Ellen Mason, Mackenzie Nicholson, Abby Swift, Brittany Wade, Laura Wade, Sophie Wade
BALLAN: Jane Cairns, Tahneisha Clifford, Melissa Conroy, Rebecca Conroy, Tahlia Conroy, Broden Herring, Samantha McKay, Megan Mullane, Michelle Smith, Amanda Swanson
SPRINGBANK: Lauren Armstrong, Emma Conroy, Tara Domaschenz, Larissa Kydd, Leane Mahar, Sharni Mahar, Samantha Naish, Ellie O'Brien, Bethany Simpson, Teagan Tiley, Madeleine Toohey, Meggin Toohey
WAUBRA: Anna Coote, Brooke Degrandi, Erin Loader, Gemma Kemp, Maddison Clark, Mahli Bird, Olivia Aringo, Sophie Cullinan, Toni Briody, Tara Rodgers
HEPBURN: Bridie Bunworth, Georgie Bunworth, Montana Faull, Larni Howard, Nicola Penny, Ella Selmon, Sarah Smith, Ella Sutherland, Bonnie Winzar
DUNNSTOWN: Kiara Collins, Talia Collins, Annie Flood, Rachael Gleeson, Teghan Henderson, Bianca Leonard, Sally McKay, Molly O’Loughlin, Hayley Peterkin, Claire van Dreven
NEWLYN: Jemma Del Papa, Anni Harris, Nat Maher, Beth Martino, Freya Maude, Nicole McKay, Allie Morrissey, Kayla Pomery, Hannah Rowe, Cass Slater, Courtney Stepnell
BUNGAREE: Ellie Beaston, Molly Binks, Abby Lester, Darcie Murphy, Chloe Pearson, Ebony Pearson, Justine Pilgrim, Lisa Robertson, Carly Twaits, Laura Weightman, Shae White
GORDON: Victoria Aertssen, Rhonda Best, Kellee Frazer, Natasha Gillett, Amy Hunt, Kellie Leehane, Taylah Marino, Kate Swift, Katie Toohey, Millie Ward, Caitlin Young,
BALLAN: Ashleigh Cox, Shelby Cox, Anais Clifford, Sian Clifford, Megon Fenwick, Emma Golding, Kyrstyn Newton-Slee, Ashlee McPhee, Joanne Raffaele, Laura Ryan, Nikita Walker
BUNINYONG: Tayla Curran, Stefanie Holly, Shae Hourigan, Kristie Hunt, Kirsty Hunter-Kerr, Belinda Phelps, Rachel Ryan, Samantha Sculley, Janessa Winch
SPRINGBANK: Nell Blake, Eleanor Cafra, Brooke Curran, Adelin Funcke, Ella Funcke, Tiarne Keighrey, Samantha Maher, Kirsty Ann May, Chloe O'Neil, Ebony O'Neil, Annie Quinlan, Zoe Smith
HEPBURN: Caitlyn Brown, Briony Ferrier, Sophie John, Fiona Lambe, Kristen Liversidge, Katherine Myles, Sally Otto, Emily Selmon, Georgia Smith, Laiken Yanner
BUNGAREE: Jazz Bilney, Jemima Clarke, Kasey Drew, Olivia Elliott, Remi Hopper, Remy Lawless, Molly Ryan, Charlotte Todd, Rosie Todd, Georgia Walton
GORDON: Makayla Anderson, Claudia Carton, Jaye Dalgleish, Zoe Hunt, Chloe Labbett, Meghan McGannon, Abbie Toohey, Rachael Waterson, Bailey Young
CRESWICK: Jordyn Belcher, Kate Griffin, Ruby Halvy, Tarni Hepworth, Paige McKenzie, Mia McStravick, Tegan Mitchell, Maddison Noonan, Emily Preston, Leilani Scholten, Isabelle Yates
NEWLYN: Marley Blake, Sarah Campbell, Isabella Dwyer, Isabella Eastwell, Georgia Martino, Kaiah McCahon, Ashleigh McKay, Montanah McMillan, Maggie Russell, Courtney Slater
HEPBURN: Briony Ferrior, Kira Howard, Larni Howard, Brydi Hutchinson, Sophie Johns, Liam Olver, Emily Selmon, Maddision Selmon, Ella Sutherland
BUNINYONG: Eva Cleeman, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Sophie Grylewicz, Ruby Hart, Charlotte Lawler, Lucy McKay, Sarah Murphy, Eden Squire, Eliza Wilding
DUNNSTOWN: Millie Cracknell, Kate Devries, Carissa Gabriel, Summah Givvens, Ruby Green, Sienna Gullick, Billie O’Loughlin, Jade Peterken, Amy Purtell, Indy Sheridan
BUNGAREE: Lilly Beechey, Sophie Boyd, Laura Lee, Mia Litras, Tiarna Parry, Lily Pengally, MacKenzie Nicholson, Isabel Ryan, Emma Trigg, Sophie Wheatland
DAYLESFORD: Brooke Cowan, Lily Fox, Olivia Leonard, Lily Littlepage-Wilken, Sasha Sadowy, Cosima Sargeson, Macey Thompson, Keylah Walker, Nikkola Wallace
NEWLYN: Cassie Blanks, Grace Charry, Georgia Howell, Adele Lockhart, Mackenzie Mahar, Isabelle Martino, Zenay McCahon, Nikaiya McMillan, Peyton McMillan, Bella Prendergast
SPRINGBANK: Matilda Denman, Sienna Denman, Maddie Duggan, Katie Jackson, Chloe Kennedy, Rubi Kinniburgh, Ellie McClure, Georgia McCulloch, Bridget McManus, Gemma O'Neil, Elissa Ridley, Lily Weyers
HEPBURN: Maya Dooley, Carly Elderfield, Viydee Gledhill, Demi Henderson, Maya Howard, Lucinda Lowe, Holly Murphy, Lucy Muscat, Ursula Pendlebury, Isabella Ross
CLUNES: Ruby Baird, Abbey Coon, Morgan Coon, Bree Dean, Mhiya Fogus, Paige Hodge, Tahlia Hodge, Elly Wilson, Charlize Young
BUNINYONG: Hannah Atkinson, Eliza Baker, Aysha Brown, Sophie Cleeman, Scarlett Eason, Ava Panetta, Ellie Rosenow, Remmi Sheehan, Isabella Stevens, Tahlia Watts-Holmes
BUNGAREE: Holly Boyd, Tully Clarke, Lillian D'Arcy, Anna Hodge, Jessica Hodge, Ella Jeffrey, Lily Ryan, Ally Steenhuis
CRESWICK: Tori Belcher, Sienna Cooke, Makayla Griffin, Mia Hansen, Paisley Herbertson, Holly Judd, Jacinta McKenzie, Taj McPhee, Remy Mercer, Taneisha Wrigley
SPRINGBANK: Maddison Birkett, Sienna Denman, Katie Jackson, Rubi Kinniburgh, Kate McClure, Kasey Prendergast, Amelia Ridley, Alanah Scott, Ava Simpson, Charlotte Toohey, Gabriella Toohey
HEPBURN: Jordja Devlyn, Sophie Elderfeild, Mckenzie Elderfeild, Evie Ford, Arna Howard, Maya Howard, Maddy Quinn, Molly Ross, Mia Teague, Paige Torrance, Heidi Torrance
CARNGHAM-LINTON: Mia Berry, Sienna Caldow, Sophie Grant, Caitlyn Hayles, Charlee Lewis, Maddison Lewis, Ella Ross, Rosemary Thain
BUNINYONG: Eliza Baker, Alanna Coxall, Annabel Hodge, Allira Kennedy, Elli Lubeek, Porsha Owen, Tyla Ryan, Alannah Trevisan, Breanna Watt
DUNNSTOWN: Abbey Britt, Charlie Cahir, Meg Cahir, Lillian Leonard, Isla McKay, Amy O’Loughlin, Brooke Peart, Gemma Read, Tess Walsh
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