Prahran Netball Association had four teams entered into the Waverley Thursday Night Spring Season in 2015. After continuing from their great performances in Season 1, we had both Under 15 teams and the Under 13 Team 2 make it into the Finals. The 13/2 team had a close semi-finals going down by two goals to the eventual winners. Both 15/U teams made it all the way to the Grand Finals, with both teams winning the Premierships. The 13/U Team 1 missed the finals by percentage and finished fifth on the Section 3 ladder. Below are the Coaches Reports from the finals.
Coaches Report – 15/U Team 1
After the disappointment of just missing finals last season, the team were determined to get into the top four. The girls had a solid season, only losing one game during the rounds and finishing top of the Section 4 ladder. In the semi-finals, they came up against the only team that had beaten them in the rounds. It was a close first half going goal for goal, before the Prahran girls pulled ahead going into the last quarter. With speed and agility on our side, the girls ended up coming away with a 10-goal win. In the grand final, they came up against Kingston. Going goal for goal in the first quarter, the Prahran girls pushed out to a 6-goal margin at half time. Kingston started the second half strong and it was even at three quarter time. It was a tense last quarter and Kingston pulled out to a 3-goal lead with only minutes to go. After some stellar defensive work and steady goaling, the Prahran girls evened the score with 10 seconds to go, taking it into overtime. With an extra 10 minutes to play, it was a close battle with some game saving intercepts before the Prahran girls were able to take a 2-goal lead and winning 35 – 33. Congratulations girls on a great season.
Coaches Report – 15/U Team 2
With a change up to the team, due to losing players to injury and school exchange, there were only five players remaining from the premiership winning team last season. However, still determined to put in strong season, the girls gelled together to win the majority of their games and finish second on the Section 6 ladder. In the semi-finals, they came up against WDNA, who had beaten them only a few weeks earlier. However, after a tight game and two goals down half way through the last quarter, they were able to pull it back to win by five goals. In the grand final, they came up against the top team Doncaster, who they had also lost to a few weeks earlier by 10 goals. The girls had a solid start and after going goal to goal in the first half, they were able to pull away during the third quarter, to end up winning 36 – 23 taking back-to-back premierships. And special mention to Stella Walker who played a fantastic match in defence and was awarded the MVP for the Grand Final.