AND just like that, the 2018 home-and-away season is over.
It has been a very successful season for Colbinabbin with six out of nine teams making the Heathcote District Football Netball League finals.
Well done to the thirds, B reserve and A reserve on great seasons, despite not making the finals this year.
Congratulations to the seconds, seniors, U15s, U17s, B grade and A grade teams on making the finals, especially the under 15 netballers who brought home the minor premiership, undefeated in the 2018 home-and-away season.
The finals campaign kicks off Saturday at Heathcote with the A grade netballers taking on Mt Pleasant in the qualifying final.
Sunday will see the Hoppers’ senior footballers and B reserve netballers lining up at White Hills in elimination finals.
The U15s, U17s and reserves will all enjoy a week off for finishing on top of the ladder.
Good luck to all teams.
Colbinabbin will host a final this year, so please keep an eye out for emails and social media posts regarding rosters and calls for volunteers, because as you all know — it takes an army — especially during finals.
U15 — Colbo 42 def. NB 16
U17 — Colbo 54 def. NB 18
Consistent goaling from Ella Kerlin, Ella Coghill and Harper Pearson.
A welcome first game to under 15s player, Leila Palmer.
No holding back for Lilly McArdle after time off with an injury.
The team jelled together the whole game to come away with a secure win.
Awards: Abbey Blow, Harper Pearson and Ella Coghill.
B res — NB 44 def. Colbo 31
What a wonderful performance to finish off the year.
We started the first quarter well, with Keely dominating through the centre.
Second quarter saw us lose our three goal lead but the girls still fought hard.
The two Georgia’s shot well, taking opportunities when they came.
At the end of the day North came out victorious although it was a valiant effort by everyone.
Thanks for a wonderful year girls looking forward to 2019.
B grade — NB 28 def. Colbo 22
In a low scoring, defensive game the B grade girls came out strong against North.
The girls created many opportunities from turnovers, with Morghan Cairns taking intercepts all over the court.
Morghan and Demi fed beautifully to goalers Meg and Jam, however it was North who got over the line in the end.
A res — NB 55 def. Colbo 35
A reserve had a fun filled game for the last round of the season.
Our gun GK Megan Fuller had a pearler in goals and Meg Hill ran out an outstanding quarter in C.
The girls all sipped on special energy at half time and vowed to give their all for the rest of the game to finish off the season on a high.
Paige Crouch dominated in defence in GK and the team pulled through for a great win, even though they lost.
A great end to the season, peace out.
A grade — Colbo 67 def. NB 27
Colbo faced north Bendigo in the final round and finished their season with class.
Ty Marchbank and Gige Rodgers were excellent in centre and wing attack, whilst Kate Chirnside was solid in defence.
Colbo were too strong for North, coming away with a convincing win.
Thirds — NB 16.15 (111) def. Colbo 1.8 (14)
The thirds finished their season with a spirited performance against a slick North Bendigo outfit.
The boys played extremely well in the first half, moving the ball with precision from defence to attack and as a result had plenty of inside 50s.
Unfortunately though, North Bendigo’s bigger bodies got on top in the second half as the undermanned Hoppers ran out of legs.
Charlie Ryan was sensational through the midfield, he had plenty of the footy in another best on ground performance.
Will Brown worked tirelessly in the ruck, giving the mids first use and winning plenty of his own footy.
Darcy Brown capped a fine season with another terrific game, highlighted by his ability to win the contested ball.
Michael Tuohey played one of his better games of the season, defending extremely well and using the ball effectively.
Other better players included Lachie Wallace and Ned Morgan who were both fearless and worked extremely hard right until the final siren.
All players deserve to be congratulated on a wonderful season, their growth and development as players and people during this season is a credit to each and every one of them.
We also send our best wishes to co-captain Cooper Hamilton in his recovery from a broken arm sustained on Saturday.
Reserves — Colbo 7.10 (52) def. NB 6.10 (46)
The reserves finished the regular season on a high, just getting over the line in a nail biter against North Bendigo.
In a tight first half both sides traded scoring shots, though goals were hard to come by in the blustery conditions.
The Hoppers went into half time with a slender four-point lead after wobbling through 2.5 to the Bulldogs 1.7.
The third term belonged to Colbo as they dominated the clearances and booted 3.4 whilst keeping the Dogs scoreless.
The Hoppers took the foot off the gas in the final term and the Bulldogs pounced, booting 5.3 to 2.1 to reduce the lead to six points.
Fortunately that was the margin as the final siren sounded, the Hopers sewing up top spot and a well-deserved rest in week one of the finals.
Darcy Taylor was sensational through the middle of the ground, having a heap of the ball and using it well.
Sam Hill presented hard all day and took some crucial contested grabs.
Stephen Tuohey provided the X factor with his pace and ability to find a goal at crucial times.
Stuart Matheson’s excellent form continued, he was rock solid in defence.
Other better players were Old Man Butch and Rod Clark who were both ball magnets.
Seniors — NB 14.24 (108) def. Colbo 7.10 (52)
The undermanned Seniors battled hard against the top of the table Bulldogs, unfortunately going down by fifty six points.
An extremely competitive first term saw both sides head in to quarter time on nineteen points, though the Dogs were wasteful booting 2.7 to the Hoppers 3.1 effectively keeping them in the game.
The Dogs flexed their muscle in the second though, kicking 6.3 as the Hoppers struggled into the wind five straight behinds to surrender a thirty-four point half time lead.
The third term again belonged to the Dogs as they cut the Hoppers up in transition, kicking 4.6 to 1.2 to extend the three quarter time lead to fifty-six points.
Some wayward kicking from the Dogs helped the Hoppers draw the final term, North kicking 2.8 to Colbo’s 3.2 to seal the fixty six point victory.
Chris Ford was terrific in the ruck, having an enthralling battle with Dog’s star Troy Kelm.
Will Lowe worked extremely hard in the midfield, winning plenty of contested ball.
Matt McEvoy was solid in defence, working hard to nullify the effects of North’s big forwards.
Xavier Walsh was extremely busy through the middle of the ground, his work rate and foot skills were enormous.
Other better players were Will Morrow whose pace was instrumental and Mitch Bright whose wonderful form continued.