2011 CHNL grandfinal Hepburn v Waubra 9300
Champion Team with supercoach
Wrap from www.hepburnburras.com
HEPBURN FLAWLESS CHAMPIONS
The Hepburn Seniors netball team made club history on Saturday by icing the perfect CHNL season with a Grand Final win in overtime against a defiant Waubra. Continuing their unbeaten run for 2011, the Burras took out the premiership for the 1st time in a gruelling battle in wet conditions.
There was a large crowd there to watch the two teams in what was expected to be a tough game for both. Fifth placed Waubra having strength and height in attack had begun to peak at the right time of the year, knocking out other top 4 teams to be there. However Hepburn had speed and strength in defence and had been focussing on their challenge for sometime.
First centre pass to the Burras was turned over due to an early error allowing Waubra to take the first couple of goals. Settling quickly, a composed Hepburn began to find their rhythm and push the ball down court and into their goals. Waubra seemed to look lost for options once Hepburn grabbed a 4 goal lead, but full court defensive pressure kept them to within one at half time.
Waubra’s Goal Shooter, Kelly Moran and Hepburn’s Goal Keeper, Ebony Place were providing the crowd with a display of outstanding skills and footwork. Backed up by Sarah Dowell at Goal Defence, the Burras slowly managed to upset Waubra’s shooters and allow Hepburn to take a 4 goal lead at three quarter time. With the flag in sight, the Burras only had to maintain possession.
Waubra had changed it’s attacking line up in an attempt to open space in the circle. Applying physical pressure through the mid court, Waubra began to outscore Hepburn and close the gap in the dying minutes. With Waubra about to take the lead, Goal Keeper Ebony Place successfully produced the rejection of the year on her tall shooter and managed to keep the ball in Hepburn’s possession and cause a draw at the final whistle, getting Hepburn off the hook.
The atmosphere was intense as both teams re-grouped and prepared themselves for the final 10 minutes of overtime. Hepburn’s Goal Attack Kristina Clohesy stepped it up a gear and played one of her best games for the season. The Burras were prepared to move the ball quickly down court in an attempt to shake off a tight Waubra defence. Remembering the pain of last years grand final loss, Hepburn began to exert more pressure and manage to pull out that extra bit of effort in the dying seconds and hold on for a 2 goal win, 41 to 39.
“A perfect way to finish off a flawless year” said Coach Gary Cooke. “The girls have worked incredibly hard all year for this win and they really deserve to be the CHNL Champions”.
Goals: Jane – 29/37 78%, Kristina – 12/19 63%