CDHBU salute in A-grade netball thriller over Brock-Burrum

POWER SURGE: CDHBU took out their first Hume Netball Association A-grade premiership at Walbundrie on Saturday. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

POWER SURGE: CDHBU took out their first Hume Netball Association A-grade premiership at Walbundrie on Saturday. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

CDHBU took out the merged club’s first A-grade premiership since 1993 by holding off a persistent Brock-Burrum 43-38 at Walbundrie on Saturday.

After leading by 12 goals late in the third quarter, the Power withstood some anxious moments in the dying minutes to complete a fairytale season for the club.

Victorious coach Catherine Wood’s overriding emotion was relief.

“It’s amazing,” Wood said.

“We hung on and hung on and eventually got there.

“The girls were incredible today.

“It’s our first premiership since Buraja won in 1993 so it’s pretty special.”

Kate Aylward

Kate Aylward

CDHBU set up the victory with a strong start with defenders Kate Aylward and Jaz Hall outstanding under pressure.

But the Saints refused to go away despite defender Jacqui O’Donoghue being forced from the court with a knee injury.

She was replaced by Rachel Koschitzke who held her own against tall Power shooter Rosie Dye.

Earlier in the day, Koschtizke was named best-on-court in Brock-Burrum’s narrow loss to Henty in B grade.

“We started better than ever and we really needed it against Brock-Burrum as they are such a good side,” Wood said.

“I thought was defence was amazing.

“Jaz Hall and Kate Aylward were on fire.

“It’s been a gradual build for the club as we finished third last year and I’m just so proud of all the girls.”

Brock-Burrum coach Lauren Kerrins said she couldn’t have asked for anything more from her players.

“Even though we lost, I’m really happy with the girls,” Kerrins said.

“If we had a couple more minutes we might have caught up, but who knows as they led all game and have been the best side all season.

“We gave it everything and that’s all you can ever ask.

“I don’t care if we lose if we play well and I thought we did that.”

Henty walked away the big winners with three flags.

The Swampies defeated Brock-Burrum 38-33 in B grade as well as accounting for Murray Magpies (44-34) and Rand-Walbundrie-Walla (30-26) in the under-16 and 12 grand finals.

Holbrook edged out Howlong 39-33 in C-grade, Brock-Burrum accounted for the Spiders 40-32 in C-reserve and Culcairn edged out Billabong Crows in under-14s.

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