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Hoppers win netball premierships

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

With two netball teams remaining in the PDFNL finals line-up, Rennie went to Jeriliderie full of hope, and supported by many.  

Whatever the outcome, the Rennie Netball Club was going to be very proud of the accomplishments made.  

The Under 13s and Under 17s were led by two inspirational, motivational and talented coaches in Brooke McDougall and Kate Forge.  

They were both new to their respective coaching roles, and congratulations to them on the success they have built on all season. 

Under 17s

Rennie 31 defeated Waaia 24

In tough conditions for netball the Rennie Under 17s lined up for their final game in 2018 against Waaia. 

A huge crowd was there to cheer the Hopperettes and were treated to a fantastic game. 

The first quarter was goal for goal as both teams tried to acclimatise to the wind. 

As the game progressed the girls in green settled better and gained ascendency over the Bombers.

The tall timber of Chelsea Beavis and Emily Coghill strived hard to defend any ball that came their way as the shooting combination of Brylee McCarty and Hayley Bigger worked the goal ring, shooting successfully time after time.

Super coach Kate Forge made some changes bringing on shooter Sophie James to continue the success. 

The mid courters were everywhere, as pocket rocket Phoebe Thorpe exerted her influence and never gave up. 

Captain Catherine Shaw and Vice captain Mya Bye led from the front helping Rennie to be up by six goals at the end of the third quarter. 

After final inspirational words from Coach Forge the girls played superbly in the final quarter to defeat Waaia by seven goals and becoming Under 17 Premiers for 2018. 

It took a whole team effort to win this Grand Final, so congratulations must also go to Charli Hargreaves and Anika Walsh for being important team members. 

Phoebe Thorpe was named best on court and all the team should be very proud of their win and the way they went about their season. 

Well done Ladies.

Under 13s 

Rennie 25 defeated Waaia 11

What a game. There are no other words to describe the way this week’s game went. 

Having an undefeated team playing in a Grand Final is a lot of pressure for a coach and even more for a player (or 12). 

The game started off neck and neck, which was only a positive in Rennie’s books. 

Every single member of the team had to step up like they had every other week and leave nothing behind to regret. 

The defensive pressure from the first whistle to the last amazing whistle is what separated the Hoppers from their opposition. 

The Hopper defence worked tirelessly to ensure they kept their heads up and eyes focused on the ball, along with the mid court that were able to keep the ball in Rennie’s possession and calm the game down to the Hoppers own steady pace. 

And finally into the goalies that had been practicing for hours on end, and it definitely proved to have worked. 

With a 14 point win over a previous draw with Waaia, the Hoppers couldn’t be happier and prouder of the end result: Premiers for Under 13s 2018. 

A huge thank you to everyone for coming along to support and cheer the team on. 

And to the wonderful team manager Tanya, the team couldn’t have done it without you. 

Bring on next year.

Best on court: Abbey Coghill.