On Saturday, September 9, three Tatura teams played in Shepparton Netball Association grand finals.
In the under-13s division three decider, Tatura 6 faced Tatura 7, and what an amazing game it was.
Both teams went in strong, but unfortunately for Tatura 7 it had three players on the bench.
Chloe Newman and Lara Miranda were sick and strong defender Zahra Alrahmawi rolled her ankle during the warm-up.
Despite all that, the game was amazing with both teams fighting until the end.
Tatura 6 ended up taking the glory 21-19, and young coach Jess Crowe was beside herself with elation.
The accolades did not stop there, with Tatura 7 all-rounder Charlette Gray named most valuable player on the day and fast-paced Tatura 6 mid-courter Charlee Quinton-Thompson receiving best and fairest for the season. Well done girls.
It was amazing to be a part of the crowd for this grand final, as parents, siblings, grandparents and friends cheered on, well, Tatura really.
Tatura’s under-15s division three team brought home the premiership from its recent grand final against Goulburn Valley Grammar School in the Shepparton Netball Association.
Coached by Sandy Witham, the game went for an incredible 106 minutes — a full 46 minutes longer than a normal game of netball — after extra time and extra-extra time were played.
The game was played at a fantastic standard and in great spirits considering the pressure of the situation.
There was little that separated the teams all day, with GVGS being in front for most of the game.
At full-time the game was all-square, so seven minutes each way was played, but a winner was still unable to be found.
Consequently, the rules of netball dictated the first team to get in front by two goals would be declared the winner.
Sounds pretty simple, but nothing could have been further from the truth.
Both teams had their chances to win the game, but some 32 minutes later it took Tatura captain Chloe Wereszczuk to seal the deal and slot the winning shot in.
The huge crowd, including what seemed like most junior netballers from Tatura, erupted at the final whistle.
Darcie Stammers won the most valuable player in the grand final and C.J. Neilly won the league best and fairest.