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Swans make it 60 straight

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September 25, 2017

Under-17s premier, Violet Town: (Back, from left) Ruby Boyd, Kelsey Moss (coach), Georgie Uebergang, Sam Desailly, Macey Matthews. (Front) Maddi Chibnall, Kate O'Donoghue, Chelsea Walsh and Sarah Green.

C-grade premier, Tallygaroopna: (Back, from left) Krysta Watters, Ella Wayman, Courtney Lewis, Taylah Brown, Bree Boyle, Ash Trickey. (Front) Olivia Curtis, Melissa Hosie, Nicole Karl, Shanae Fisher, Dee Hosie and Samantha Humphrey.

Under-15s premier, Lancaster: (Back, from left) Sandy Carver (coach), Una Teuhema-Foto, Annabelle White, Zali Hendrick, Ebony Arnold, Ellie Talbot, Jewell Old, Lucy Worsfold, Jodi Rennie (coach). (Front) Tailah Rennie, Courtney Mason, Chelcee Schubert and Molly Carver.

B-grade premier, Avenel: (Back, from left) Michelle Willox (primary carer), Marlene Tempest (coach), Ros Rutherford, Teagan McCarthy, Sarah D'Orria, Sarah Brown, Brooke Maher. (Front) Bec Bath, Gen Gordon, Kelly Smith, Libby Dawson and Helen Dawson (team manager).

B-grade

In a remarkable sporting feat, Avenel has gone through three seasons without a loss in B-grade.

The Swans were aiming for more than just a three-peat on Saturday, also determined to continue their unbeaten run.

After being tested like in no other game this season, Avenel claimed its 60th straight victory with a 42-38 win against Tallygaroopna.

Coach Marlene Tempest was relieved when the final whistle blew.

‘‘It’s a lot of pressure coming in (on Saturday), it was a lot of pressure other than being in a grand final (and having the winning streak), but you can’t go back to the start, it’s too hard,’’ she said.

‘‘They work hard these guys to be able to get to this point, so I’m very proud of them.’’

Never mind the temperature at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday, the heat was turned up during the flag decider.

Tallygaroopna took the match up to Avenel, at one point managing to take the lead to put the Swans in an unfamiliar position.

The benchmark side of the competition had defeated every team by a minimum of 13 goals this season, but only prevailed by four goals in the grand final.

Avenel’s Ros Rutherford and Rebecca Bath formed a wall in defence, making scoring difficult for their opposition as Tallygaroopna’s Georgie Sidebottom earned best-on-court honours for her efforts in wing attack.

But only in the final minutes of the match did the Swans outmuscle their opponent and break away to make win number 60 one that will stand out.

C-grade

Nagambie entered the grand final with a perfect record, but Tallygaroopna was in no mood to let the Lakers finish the season unbeaten.

In a rematch of last year’s decider, the Redlegs prevailed again.

Four goals up at the main break, Tallygaroopna extended the margin out to 11 goals by the final whistle, 43-32.

A solid team performance meant no one player shone as consistency allowed the side to remain in control in the second-half.

But it was Tallygaroopna’s Krysta Watters who received the most valuable player award for her defensive role alongside Ash Trickey and Courtney Lewis.

Taylah Brown, Ella Wayman and playing coach Nicole Karl were all strong in the goal circle, as Karl found a way to ensure all 12 players in the squad made an appearance on court.

Under-17

Violet Town coasted to a 50-24 win against Nagambie to reverse the result of last year.

The Towners fell to the Lakers in the previous year’s decider, but made sure they would not suffer more heartache.

While Nagambie started well and stayed within reach of its opposition, an impressive second term put Violet Town in the box seat for victory.

Strong attacking plays from Kate O’Donoghue, Georgie Uebergang and Macey Matthews helped the side win the second quarter, 13-5.

Coming home strongly by outscoring the Lakers by 10 goals in the final term, Ruby Boyd received best on court honours for her tireless work through centre.

Under-15

Lancaster co-captain Molly Carver led from the front as the Wombats enjoyed the spoils against Girgarre.

Gaining a four-goal buffer in the first quarter was pivotal as both sides remained evenly matched for the following two quarters.

But Carver’s potency in attack left Lancaster in a strong position, shooting 29 goals as her and Una Teuhema-Fotu formed a brilliant shooting pair.

At the opposite end Courtney Mason was solid in goal keeper as positions around her changed, but no matter the combination, Lancaster’s cohesion helped it waltz to a 47-39 win.

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