AFTER going down to Gol Gol in last week’s Millewa Football League qualifying final, Nangiloc face Meringur in tomorrow’s preliminary final for the right to battle the Hawks again. Demons Ned Duthie, David Keens and John Guthrie and teammates have won two of three contests against the Kangaroos this year. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
SFNL SENIOR FOOTBALL
IT took some long hours on the calculators to confirm Robinvale-Euston’s admission into the 2017 Sunraysia Football and Netball League (SFNL) finals series.
The Eagles’ win over Wentworth, coupled with Imperials’ loss to Mildura, shifted the balance just enough to let them leapfrog the Green Machine into the top four.
Robinvale-Euston now tackle Irymple in tomorrow’s elimination final at City Oval. The victor will face the loser of the qualifying final between Mildura and Ouyen United in two weeks.
The Eagles have claimed victory over the Swallows in both their meetings during the year. It began with a 37-point win back in Round Five at John James Oval, before winning by just seven points at Henshilwood Oval just over a month ago.
As revealed on social media last week, Robinvale-Euston coach Trent Fiscalini will return to Ararat once the season has finished after three years at the helm.
The match begins at 2.30pm at City Oval.
SFNL A GRADE NETBALL
MERBEIN have made the SFNL A Grade netball finals for the first time. The Magpies have been dangerous this season and can continue that trend against Mildura in tomorrow’s elimination final.
Merbein played out a hard-fought draw against second-placed South Mildura last week.
Mildura are perennial contenders but this season have flown further under the radar with the success of South, Irymple and Merbein.
Merbein recruit Rebecca Harvey led all-comers in attack in A Grade, scoring 513 goals in her 16 games, averaging just over 32 per match.
Centre Sophie Koschitzke has been important in mid-court, while coach Chloe Lewis has led the way in defence.
For Mildura, Amy Dodds scored 384 goals in just 12 games at an average of 32, while Maddie Alvino has 235 goals.
Monique Sefton has been a consistent performer in the defensive third across the season, and her combination with GK Fiona Hooper last week held Imperials to 32 goals.
Mildura have conceded the least goals of any side in 2017, a reason why they finished with the highest percentage at season’s end.
The match begins at 2pm at City Oval.
MILLEWA FOOTBALL LEAGUE
EITHER Nangiloc or Meringur will get the opportunity to break a Millewa Football League premiership drought this year.
The Demons and the Kangaroos face off for the right to face Gol Gol in the MFL grand final next week.
Nangiloc, who went down to the Hawks last weekend, have not won a flag since their hat-trick from 1993.
Meringur have returned from recess in 2012, and have not tasted premiership glory since 1964.
In their last match-up three weeks ago it was Meringur who recorded a three-point win.
The game begins at 2.30pm tomorrow at Gol Gol.
MILLEWA A GRADE NETBALL
CARDROSS are through to the grand final after a four goal win over Gol Gol last week.
The Hawks now face Werrimull, who snuck home by two goals against Bambill.
In their three encounters this year, Gol Gol have won the last two.
Werrimull will no doubt rely on the goal-scoring prowess of Alison Callahan, who leads the competition with 351 goals. Her average of 25 goals per game is five more than the nearest average.
Gol Gol’s Aimee Ryan has also been good under the ring with 224 goals.
The contest begins at 1pm tomorrow at Carramar Drive.
SUNRAYSIA WOMEN’S FOOTBALL
INAUGURAL Sunraysia Women’s Football League (SWFL) premiers Werrimull have a chance of going back-to-back after winning through to the grand final against Bambill.
The Saints will need to regroup after their 74-point loss to face Cardross, who defeated first time finalists Gol Gol.
Bambill will be buoyed after Donica Foster’s win in the league best and fairest count and will head in as firm favourites.
The Saints have won all three contests this season, however the last one four weeks ago was decided by just 13 points.
The match begins at 1pm at Carramar Drive.