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AFNL – Fish Creek and Foster prevail

• The victorious Foster A grade were ecstatic at winning the grand final. • Fish Creek’s co-captain Brent Cooper (left) with coach Reggie Hoskin and co-captain Travis Manne start their celebrations.

WITH the draft recommendations coming out on Friday night prior to Saturday’s grand finals at Meeniyan, the gloss was taken off what could have been the last grand finals ever played in the Alberton Football Netball League.
But that’s another story, see page 22  for details.

The day dawned wet and cold on Saturday and persistant rain Friday and overnight to Saturday saw the ground very, very wet at the start of play.  The ground would deteriorate as the day went on, but the players adapted and put on three entertaining games of football.

Fish Creek thirds were surprise winners over MDU who had been the benchmark all year, Stony Creek reserves made it back to back premierships, while Fish Creek made it three in a row in the senior football.

Foster had three wins in the netball in the 13 and unders, 15 and unders and A grade, while Fish Creek missed out with three losses for the day.

MDU won two netball flags with their 17 & unders and C graders, while Toora were worthy winners in B grade.
Stony Creek did a great job catering for the day to feed the masses, while the MDU club did the best possible job presenting the ground and surrounds considering the rain.
Premiership medals were presented after each game and best afield awarded to players judged best on ground. Photos were taken for nostalgia and the day ran like clockwork, mainly due to the hard work put in by Lynn Whelan who has given the league so much over the last ten years.

Marlee Alba of Leongatha performed the National Anthem prior to the senior games with both the senior footballers and netballers lining up, along with the league officials and umpires.
The celebrations were still going strong on Monday for the winners, while the rest of the league now must wait and see what will happen in 2019.


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