NETBALL STARS: Cardross captain Sherri Hamence and Werrimull captain Cassie Morris will lead their teams in the Millewa Netball Association A Grade grand final. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MITCH RODD
AN EVEN Millewa Netball Association (MNA) season reaches its crescendo tomorrow.
A Grade heavyweights Cardross and Werrimull face off to be crowned the latest champions of the competition.
The Lions finished top of the table and earned the week’s break before the grand final by defeating Gol Gol.
The Magpies had to defeat Bambill, then Gol Gol after finishing third.
Werrimull took the honours in the first of three head-to-head battles these teams have had in 2017 by just two goals. The minor premiers, however, have won the last two encounters by 10 and seven goals respectively.
Cardross captain Sherri Hamence said her team is ready to go for the grand final.
“We’re really happy with how we’ve performed,” she said.
“It took us until the last round to have a set team so our depth has been really good.
“We set our standards high and we’re happy we’ve been able to perform at a high level.
“It really doesn’t matter to us either way (to have the bye or not). We’re happy to be at this point of the season. We’re ready to go and excited for the challenge.”
Werrimull are in their first season under new coach, and 2017 Dot Wilson Trophy winner, Alison Callahan.
Captain Cassie Morris said the former Imperials premiership player is a great role model to have around the club.
“She (Alison) is everything you want in a player and a coach, and we’ve enjoyed playing under her,” Cassie said.
“We’re really excited for the weekend, and we’re proud of ourselves for making it this far.
“We’ve consistently had a squad of girls that have played A Grade, not just a specific seven players.
“Our last two performances against them haven’t been so great. Finals are a different game though and we think we can get it done.”
MNA president Alison Surgey said there has been great competition across all five grades this season.
“It’s been a really even season all around,” she said. “Even the teams who haven’t won as many games have been really competitive.
“It’s made for some great competition, and we can’t wait for a fantastic grand final.”
The MNA A Grade grand final is scheduled for 1pm tomorrow at Lake Cullulleraine.