Port Fairy ready for test against Camperdown in open grade decider

NEW ROLE: Port Fairy wing defence Renae Taylor, pictured with Camperdown's Jaymie Finch, is gearing up for the open grade grand final. Picture: Martina Murrihy

NEW ROLE: Port Fairy wing defence Renae Taylor, pictured with Camperdown's Jaymie Finch, is gearing up for the open grade grand final. Picture: Martina Murrihy

Harmony. Versatility. Faith.

They’re just some of the words that jump out when Port Fairy wing defence Renae Taylor starts talking about what has carried the Seagulls through to the Hampden league grand final.

They will have the chance to try to bring home the club’s first top-grade netball flag on Saturday, but Taylor says their focus, as always, will be on the task immediately at hand.

“That (history) is in the back of our minds, but we’re going each week at a time,” she said.

“It’s been an awesome team effort (to reach the decider).”

Taylor lauded the efforts of the Seagulls in gelling so well this season, given they were a new-look team under a new leader.

Megan Titmus has had complete buy-in from the playing group, bringing together a team with a wide range of age profiles, from 17-year-old league best and fairest Carly Watson through to 39-year-old Seagulls stalwart Nicole Dwyer.

And their ability to work cohesively towards the same goal has been one of their greatest strengths, according to Taylor.

“Especially as the year’s progressed, we’ve got a lot of faith in each other,” she said.

“We have a pretty harmonious situation where we all get along as well and we’re putting in together.”

The Seagulls and Magpies have been worthy adversaries all season and, while the Magpies have won all three encounters to date, the matches have been close and hard-fought.

They have been decided by margins of one, three and five goals.

“In regards to Camperdown, we’ve got a lot of respect for them and their abilities,” Taylor said.

“Their goalies are just so accurate and they’re a quick side and their defenders are really strong.”

Taylor’s description would not go amiss in describing Port Fairy also, with the teams boasting similar strengths.

The open grade will be one of two Port Fairy teams competing in Saturday’s grand finals, with the division two side also set to face Camperdown.

The division one Seagulls made a semi-finals appearance, while the 13 and under team narrowly missed out on the grand final, going down to Koroit by just two goals in the preliminary final last weekend.

On the football side of the ledger, the Seagulls’ seniors made it as far as the preliminary final, losing to rival Koroit, while the reserves made it to the first semi-final.

We have a pretty harmonious situation where we all get along as well and we’re putting in together. - Renae Taylor

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