Otway wins thrilling final

Otway Districts netballers, from left, Emma Hillman, Brooke Hawkins, Emma Craddock, Claire Evans and Jess Fish celebrate the Demons’ thrilling semi-final win against Alvie yesterday.

A goal in the final seconds of the semi-final has secured Otway Districts’ netballers their first A Grade finals win in 15 years.

Claire Robertson’s final goal clinched Otway’s 44-43 win over Alvie yesterday afternoon, after the Demons trailed by as many as eight goals earlier in the match.

Otway was looking at the prospect of repeating last week’s disappointing 22-goal loss to South Colac, when the Demons were also on the back foot in the first quarter.

Otway was down 9-17 at quarter time yesterday, but coach Candi Robbins said her players kept their heads, bouncing back to narrow the gap to 20-25 at half time.

“Alvie came out of the blocks absolutely firing, and probably caught us on the back foot,” Robbins said.

She said it was great to see her team bounce back, with scores 33-all at three-quarter time, and Otway securing the win with half a minute to go.

“We just kept playing our own game,” Robbins said.

“We didn’t get as rattled as last week after South Colac jumped us in the first quarter. The girls did really well.”

Claire Evans was best-on-court for Otway, alongside Robertson and Emma Craddock.

“Emma Craddock played a really good game in goalkeeper. I couldn’t fault her,” Robbins said.

She said Craddock and Emma Hillman matched up well against Alvie’s attack team.

“It was a really good match-up in goals,” Robbins said.

“I think overall it was a really good effort from our whole side; I’m very proud of all the girls.”

Alvie’s best players were Georgia Robinson, Dallas Williamson and Mercedez Hickey.

“Credit to Alvie, they played really well,” Robbins said.

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