WARRNAMBOOL’S Emmanuel College is on top of the state.
Its intermediate girls’ side yesterday won the School Sport Victoria netball championship at Waverley Netball Centre.
Emmanuel defeated Wonthaggi Secondary College in the grand final by eight goals. The Stephanie Mahony-coached team progressed through the gruelling day undefeated, winning three round-robin matches, a semi-final and then produced a come-from-behind win in the state title decider.
Mahony said the team, which included two year nine students and eight year 10s, had combined impressively throughout the day.
“They had the right head space,” she said. “Our defensive pressure was what got us there and that was what won us our games.
“This team was pretty outstanding all over the court, good defenders. We had good attackers and shooters.”
She said her side, which was behind until the third term, had been positive when chasing in the final.
Mahony said goal shooter Nell Mitchell had been accurate throughout the round-robin program, Darcy Wilson at centre and goal attack had fed well, while goal keeper Bridget Smith and goal defence Madelene Drew had been strong. Ruby Farley-Steere at wing defence and centre Sophie Chow had been crucial in the later stages.
“She (Sophie) got some defensive taps after half-time and that was how we got rolling,” Mahony said.
Kate O’Meara at wing attack had also been good.
Mahony said all players in the squad contributed, with Mahni Wright and Chelsea Baxter prominent.
Olivia Niddrie, who missed the zone final with injury when the side qualified, started in the first game yesterday but suffered an ankle injury that ruled her out for the rest of the day.