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LG ends it with a win

By Fraser Walker-Pearce

LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER’S A grade netball team finished the season in the perfect manner on Saturday, by defeating local rivals LBU.

The 43-36 scoreline was played out in front of friends, family and supporters at Gunbower Recreation Reserve, and meant LG’s season review reads four wins, a draw and 11 losses.

In fact, LG finished just one spot outside the Heathcote and District Netball League playoffs in sixth.

LBU on the other hand finish the season with a 2-14 record, and took out eighth place on the HDNL ladder.

In a year of rebuilding for both sides, LG showed the grass looks greener in Leitchville right about now.

LG coach Jordy Holman said she was stoked with the result, and couldn’t think of a better way to top off the season.

‘‘Absolutely it was, we had a plan in place to go out there and enjoy our last game,’’ Holman said.

‘‘We kind of just said to ourselves ‘what will be will be’ and we were grateful to get the win.’’

This year was all about development rather than recruitment for LG — finding the young gems at the club and blooding them in A grade to give them experience and confidence at that level.

‘‘It’s been really good, from someone who played A grade netball at a young age it is really important to build them up this way and keep the home grown girls here at the club for years to come,’’ Holman said.

With wins on the football field and the netball court for LG, the final weekend of the home and away season was not just a success for the players of both codes, but for the Leitchville Gunbower club too.

‘‘We said at the start of the season this year was about getting some of the young girls experience at the top flight, giving them a taste of what senior netball is all about and as you said these wins will really help that,’’ Holman said.

The goal from here on out is to prepare next year’s team to go even farther than this side has, aiming sky high for playoffs and beyond.

‘‘We’ll work really hard over the coming pre-season to develop that strong A grade side for next year,’’ Holman said.

LBU coach Amanda Walker was unavailable for comment on this article.