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Motivated by heartbreak

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October 25, 2017

The Samaria Suns welcomed the Woodend Heskett Hawks to the Tatong Recreation Reserve hoping to turn the tables from the last time the two sides faced off.

Violet Town’s under-17 netball side has taken premiership glory.

The team, which fell short at the final hurdle in the 2016 grand final, produced an outstanding season that culminated in the premiership win.

The club made some changes off the court in the off-season, with Kelsey Moss appointed to coach, while Kate O’Donoghue and Chealsea Walsh were appointed captain and vice-captain.

The side began the year in dominant fashion.

At the halfway mark of the season, Violet Town was not only undefeated, but no opposition side had gotten closer to a victory than 13 goals.

Moss told the Benalla Ensign that the girls were motivated by last season’s heartbreak.

‘‘The girls came into the year with a point to prove,’’ Moss said.

‘‘The determination and dedication each of the girls demonstrated shows why they were the team to beat.’’

The girls went from strength to strength in the back half of the season, with more big wins and dominance from the team resulting in an undefeated season.

‘‘Not only did this group of incredibly talented young women win the grand final, they did it undefeated,’’ Moss said.

‘‘How many people can say they’ve ever done that in their sporting careers?’’

The leadership, on and off the field from O’Donoghue and Walsh played a major role in the team’s success.

Chelsea Walsh produced an outstanding individual season, and was rewarded with the club best and fairest, as well as a second place finish in the league best and fairest.

O’Donoghue claimed second place in the club best and fairest.

Macey Matthews received the coaches award with Ruby Boyd receiving best in finals.

The season ended with the Violet Town side seeking redemption in the grand final.

With the pain of last season’s loss over their head, the side refused to feel that pain again.

‘‘The atmosphere of the grand final was one I will never forget,’’ Moss said.

‘‘The crowd was evidently there to support my girls and cheered for every goal and intercept.’’

Ruby Boyd starred for Violet Town in the big dance, dominating in centre with her ball skills and control on the game.

The girls came away with a win of 50 to 24, as well as a sense of redemption.

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