Netball Grand Finals
by Brendan Rhodes
Photos: Andrew Hurst Photography
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EDITHVALE-ASPENDALE capped off a dominant season in the Peninsula Netball Association by sweeping to three premierships from four Grand Finals at Frankston on Sunday.
The Eagles went into the Grand Finals having lost just one B Grade game and drawn one C Grade game for the season, and franked that form on the big day.
But not everything went to plan.
The undefeated A Grade Eagles trailed for 3½ quarters and found themselves nine goals in arrears of a fired up Karingal during the third quarter before launching a remarkable comeback that got them back within five by the final change and level early in the last.
After a tight few minutes, best on court star Demi Woodlock and her teammates gained the upper hand and Edithvale-Aspendale edged out to a 39-35 victory.
Edithvale-Aspendale Peninsula A Grade Premiers 2016
Frankston YCW created the biggest hiccup for the Eagles in the B Grade decider.
Trailing by four goals at every change, the Stonekittens produced a blistering final quarter to charge to a three-goal lead before holding off a desperate last rally from Edithvale-Aspendale to bank a 41-40 victory and the club’s first premiership in the netball competition’s seven-year history.
Tamara Bucca was named best on court for Frankston YCW.
Frankston YCW Peninsula B Grade Premiers 2016
The Eagles claimed the C Grade premiership, outlasting Karingal in a tight contest before easing away in the last quarter for a 48-40 victory on the back of a best on court performance from Molly Kibel.
Edithvale-Aspendale Peninsula C Grade Premiers 2016
It was a horror day for the Bulls, who came up empty from three Grand Finals, with Edithvale-Aspendale also winning the D Grade title, with league best and fairest winner Julia Windhager capping off a perfect season by being best on court.
Edithvale-Aspendale Peninsula D Grade Premiers 2016
LAST week’s Nepean Netball Association Grand Finals brought a fantastic result for the league as four clubs walked away with premierships.
Crib Point turned the tables on Tyabb from the 2015 Grand Final, completing an undefeated season with a comprehensive 53-38 victory.
The Magpies’ only blemish was a late-season draw with the Yabbies, and they made that a distant memory with two victories during the finals.
Crib Point Nepean A Grade Premiers 2016
Somerville and Devon Meadows took on each other in the B and C Grade Grand Finals and split the results, with the Eagles claiming the B Grade premiership in a 28-27 thriller, while the Panthers claimed the C Grade in more comfortable fashion, cruising home 38-24.
Somerville Nepean B Grade Premiers 2016
Sorrento has a bright future, winning the 17 and under Grand Final 23-19 over Rosebud as a precursor to its under 19 football victory a week later.
PENINSULA FNL SCOREBOARD
Edithvale-Aspendale 9 18 25 39
Karingal 11 21 30 35
Frankston YCW 8 16 27 41
Edithvale-Aspendale 12 20 31 40
NEPEAN FNL SCOREBOARD
Crib Point 53
Devon Meadows 28
Devon Meadows Nepean C Grade Premiers 2016
Devon Meadows 38
Sorrento Nepean 17 and Under Premiers 2016