A terrible opening term in Saturday’s preliminary final against Macedon cost Wallan a place in the Riddell District Football Netball League A grade netball grand final.
Playing at Romsey, the Magpies went down 37-28 to Macedon, who hit the ground running, going out to a 15-2 lead by quarter time.
The Magpies’ inaccuracy in front of goal was costly as they made just two of their nine shots on goal.
Wallan’s shooting woes were fixed in the second as they went a perfect 8-8 for the quarter but it wasn’t enough to close the gap as the Cats scored nine goals on 14 attempts to lead by 14 points at half-time.
Wallan was able to reel in Macedon slightly, outscoring the Cats 7-4 in the third term.
The Magpies’ defence was crucial in the third, keeping the Cats to just four goals from 12 shots.
While Wallan was able to close the gap again in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to steal the win.
Macedon goal shooter Chloe Wilson was devastating, scoring 31 goals from 45 shots while Wallan’s Chloe Meulenmeesters scored 19 goals on 29 shots.
Macedon will take on Rupertswood in the A grade grand final at Clarke Oval on Sunday.
Romsey is through to the B grade grand final after a convincing 39-16 win over Macedon in its preliminary final.
The Redbacks were in control early, leading 9-3 at quarter time.
Romsey increased the pressure in the second term to lead 17-9 at half-time.
The Redbacks started to run away with the game in the third term, outscoring the Cats 12-3 to lead them 29-12 through three quarters.
It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as a 10-4 fourth quarter saw the Redbacks roll into the grand final.
Romsey will take on Rupertswood in the B grade decider.
Broadford’s C grade netballers couldn’t get the job done in their preliminary final against Rupertswood, losing 27-18.
It was a tight affair in the first half with the Sharks leading by two goals at each break.
Rupo started to gather momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the Kangaroos 9-5 to lead by six goals at three-quarter time.
A 6-3 fourth quarter sealed the win for Rupertswood.