Mathoura downed by Dogs

September 15, 2017

Mathoura defender Shannon Mills leaps high in the air to pressure the Strathmerton shooter. Photo courtesy Helen Barker.

Mathoura’s B grade dropped one goal short of Strathmerton in their Picola League grand final, with the Dogs victorious 33 to 32 at Blighty Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

It was a game that saw momentum swing back and forward with the Timbercutters getting the jump on Strathy leading by as much as six goals during the first quarter.

The Dogs managed to peg back the margin with Mathoura leading 9-8 at the first break.

Strathy would then pull away to what would become a match winning lead in the second, leading the Timbercutters 22 to 15 at the main break.

The battle continued in the third and despite their best efforts, the Timbercutters were unable to put a dent in the deficit, scores at 28 to 21 heading into the last.

Mathoura were determined in the final quarter, swinging momentum in their favour and scoring big.

The Timbercutter supporters began to lift as their team edged closer to the Dogs, setting up an exciting finish.

Unfortunately for Mathoura, they simply ran out of time, with Strathmerton victorious as the final whistle was blown.

Best on court was awarded to Strathmerton’s Georgia Ryan.

Mathoura playing coach Kat Wippel said if there was a couple more minutes on the clock, she believes her side would’ve been victorious.

‘‘That last quarter was a massive effort from all the girls,’’ she said.

‘‘The whole game we felt that we were close to them and that it was a tight game.

‘‘We had all the momentum late but we were beaten by the final whistle.’’

Wippel praised the efforts of her side, saying they had a tremendous season.

‘‘We only lost three games and had one draw in the normal season, so that’s pretty good,’’ she said.

‘‘We were struggling for numbers in our netball department until the halfway point of the season, so it’s a credit to the girls that we even made it into the grand final.

‘‘It was our effort on and off the court that got us there and it paid off by us making it to the last day of the finals.

‘‘As a player I’m devastated that we couldn’t win but as a coach I’m proud of just how close we came to a premiership win.

‘‘I’ve enjoyed an amazing year as coach and I can’t wait for what the next season will bring.’’

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