(Photo above is the three Best on Ground players for the finals – Sam Ellis Div 2 Women, Pete Evans Div 3 Men and Nan Latta Div 1 Women)
What an amazing weekend for finals!
Div 3 Men contested them first, taking on Beechworth and coming away with a 3-1 victory. The icing on the cake was Pete Evans winning Best on Ground.
Div 3 Men – Winning the 2016 Grand Final 3-1 over Beechworth
Sunday was the big day, with Division 1 Women and Division 2 Blue Women taking on United.
Div 2 Blue started off very strongly and scored early in the game. A second goal shortly thereafter and United replied with a penalty corner conversion. We went into the half time oranges break 2-1 up.
Half time talk, yours truly suggesting to keep the passes short (Photo Credit: Jamie Horne)
Two more goals in the second half and United made another penalty corner conversion. We held out several others and the last 5 minutes of the game became frenetic as United pulled out all the stops to attack and try to get more corners. Sam Ellis stopped a big shot and Georgie Pearson in goals blocked another. As the clock wound down towards the final hooter United began to slow and Norths Blue turned the heat back up – driving into attack again and again. The end score was 4-2.
Congratulations to Sam Ellis – Best on Ground to go with her Best and Fairest win:
Photos of the team and the “alternate” Border Mail front page:
Post game celebrations
The Alternate front page (all credit to Jamie Horne for this creative masterpiece)
Division 1 Women up after the Div 1 Men played and Norths rolled out looking confident. The game bounced backwards and forwards, but Norths continued and relentless attacking pushed United into doing some questionable defensive moves – ultimately being punished with goals being scored. Norths won the game emphatically 3-0
From the Coach Danny Hicks: “It was a great team effort and everyone stepped up.”
Congratulations to Nan Latta winning Best on Ground for the day:
Post game celebrations!
Line up before the game for the National Anthem