This Saturday the Dimboola Roo’s, 17 and Under netball girls will face Horsham for the decider in the 2018 grand final at Warracknabeal.
The team has had a stellar year with only one loss for the year and that loss was up against the defending Horsham Demons.
Coach Kellie Laverty and Sharon Bartholomew have been preparing the young Roo’s in what will be an exciting game. There is no doubt that this team has every opportunity to take home the flag.
As always the experienced final players from the Horsham Demons will not give the game to Dimboola without a real fight. Horsham had beaten Dimboola in round two with a seven goal margin on the Dimboola court. However Dimboola took control in round 11 at Horsham, beating Horsham by a comfortable 12 goals.
Senior players have been working with the 17’s over the past two weeks, passing on their experience to help the girls along. Dimboola was able to rest last weekend, while Horsham had to defend their position to play in the grand final. This has given the coaches plenty of time to prepare the Roo’s for this Saturday’s major clash
Captain Ruby Redford will play Goal Attack and Goal Defence and will work hard to ensure that they maximise every opportunity. At only 15, Ruby shows great leadership on the court and will be a tough contender on the court. MacKenzie Ryen also aged 15 and the smallest of the team will be a fast and dynamic player, who will get the ball from the centre accurately and effortlessly.
Sophie Warner will make a huge impact on the wing defence and centre with her ability to convert the play to her favour and take advantage of her opponents errors. Wimmera League runner up best and fairest, Stephanie Glover will be difficult for Horsham to run down. Her agility on court and fast play will ensure her presence on the court will be seen.
Zanaiya Bergen who is still only 15, has plenty of height to dominate the goal circle. As goal shooter and goalkeeper Zanaiya will be well heard on court and able to rebound quickly.
Emily Gartlan aged 16 will be on the wing defence and wing attack and with her strong grip, will defend the position well, leading to may intercepts to the Roo’s favour. Olivia Lehmann aged 16 is a fierce worker at goalkeeper and goal defence. Olivia will dominate the defence and be well ready to take advantage of the errors coming from Horsham goalies.
Macey Laverty at 15 will be on wing defence and wing attack. She will be applying some quick, good pressure over the ball with her quick reflexes.
Delta Wardle, another of the 15 year old, has great ability in any position and will play centre and goal scorer. While Delta does not have a lot of height, she is accurate on the goal scoring, rarely missing the hoop.
Joanne Wolthuis at 16, will be on the side due to injury. This has not been a good year for Joanne with injury after just recovering for her arm injured early in the season, to face yet another injury for the grand final. Her team will certainly know Joanne will be on the side making plenty of noise encouraging the Roo’s for a win.
The game starts at 11.35 am at Anzac Park in Warracknabeal. Get on over and display plenty of green and gold, make lots of noise and help the girl take home the grand final trophy.