Grand final glory to cap off Avoca’s perfect season

Avoca claimed the 2019 MCDFNL A grade netball grand final on Saturday, defeating Carisbrook by eight goals in a tough battle.

The town of Avoca has been taken by storm with the A grade netball premiership cup returning to the kennel after almost a decades wait.

Saturday’s grand final clash between Avoca and Carisbrook was an exhibition of two of the league’s most impressive lists with several league life members, Nalder-Tracey medal winners, past premiership players and some of A grade’s most dominant going head-to-head.

With the team’s two meetings throughout season separated by a matter of goals, the race for the cup was always going to be a tough task.

Avoca goal keeper Jess Hollett took out the best on court medal just days after claiming the leagueʼs best and fairest title.

In a blow-for-blow first quarter, both teams battled hard to take the upper hand but neither would give up possession of the ball without a fight.

The Redbacks struggled with accuracy under the ring in the opening term, shooting at just over 50 percent with recently crowned league best and fairest, Jess Hollett making things even tougher by rejecting several promising shots at goal.

The Dogs were very conscious that there would be no second chances under their own ring with Redback defenders Elise Mottram and Sherriden Byrne applying a massive amount of pressure.

Luckily for the swarm of Doggies supporters, Avoca goalies Mikaela Fraser and Maddy Egan wasted none of their opportunities, both shooting at 100 percent.

For more on this story see Page 23 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 17


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