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DISTRICT NETBALL| Preliminary final: Harrow-Balmoral gets second chance against Natimuk United

TENACIOUS: Noradjuha-Quantong’s Brooke Pay produced a stellar performance in defence to help the Bombers claim a grand final berth. 	Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

TENACIOUS: Noradjuha-Quantong’s Brooke Pay produced a stellar performance in defence to help the Bombers claim a grand final berth. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

By SARAH SCULLY
Noradjuha-Quantong pulled off the upset of the Horsham District season on Saturday, beating undefeated premiership favourite Harrow-Balmoral by a goal to claim a grand final berth.
Little separated the teams all match, with scores tied at half time and three-quarter time.
The Bombers’ defensive pressure was the key to victory, with Brooke Pay and Yolly Francis producing standout performances against two of the competition’s best goalies in Amy Lewis, 32 goals, and Anna-Grace Close, 11.
Both midcourts enjoyed a great battle, refusing to give up all day. Bombers shooter Sharon Fedke, 32 goals, was on song, while Roos defender Ebonie Salter capitalised on any mistakes and took several key intercepts.
While the Bombers celebrate their first A Grade grand final appearance since 2012, Harrow-Balmoral will regroup for Sunday’s preliminary final clash with Natimuk United. The Ewes came out firing in their first semi-final encounter with Laharum, taking a six-goal lead into the first break.
The Demons pegged the deficit back to three goals in the second quarter, but Natimuk United responded strongly in the third to be up by six at the final break.
The Ewes maintained their lead in the last quarter, winning by four goals to remain in the race for the flag.
Defenders Casey Vanstan and Caitlyn Batson worked hard to curb the influence of Demons shooters Caitlin Story and Nikki Ervin.
Laharum’s defenders struggled against tall Ewes shooter Shannon Couch, who finished the match with 29 goals. Natimuk United coach Cheryl Sudholz earned best-player accolades for her performance in wing attack, while Ervin was named best for Laharum. The Ewes applied strong defensive pressure in the midcourt, playing a safe, steady game.
Second chance
Can the Ewes signature style see them advance to the decider? Perhaps, but first they must overcome a massive hurdle at Natimuk on Sunday.
Harrow-Balmoral will be out to atone for an uncharacteristic performance and will no doubt do everything in its power to claim victory.
Both ends of the court will provide interesting battles, with Salter and Megan Russell capable of stealing rebounds of Couch.
Lewis and Close felt the finals pressure last week, but if they’re firing, will make life tough for Vanstan and Batson.
The Roos are quicker through the midcourt, which could provide an advantage. Natimuk United has form on its side, but it will be tough to keep the competition’s best team down two weeks in a row.

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Posted on Aug 31 2016

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