DESPITE a very wet week and threatening skies all day, a great crowd turned up to Meeniyan on Saturday to witness Fish Creek seniors go back to back in the Alberton Football Netball League, while over at the netball courts, MDU scooped the pool winning A, B, C and 17 & under games in what can only be described as a fantastic effort by the club.
Over 2,800 people paid $26,751 at the gate to see some great contests all day, with the netball commencing at 9.00 a.m. and the thirds football from 10.30 a.m.
The football oval was in great condition despite the very wet week and the MDU Football Netball Club did a fantastic job preparing the ground and surrounds for the occasion.
The Fish Creek Football Netball Club had a very busy day with two football and two netball teams in action, as well providing the catering. They did a fine job feeding the masses.
Fish Creek thirds overpowered Stony Creek in the second half to win narrowly in the thirds football, while Stony Creek reserves won their first flag since 1984 when they defeated Tarwin in what was an entertaining game.
Fish Creek seniors came out firing and at one stage were 10 goals up on crowd favourites Toora in the seniors, but a remarkable turnaround after half time saw the Magpies get within 19 points at one stage before Fish Creek steadied to run out comfortable winners in the end.
Well coached by Reggie Hoskin and led by club president Jason Harding, the Kangaroos deserved their win.
Fish Creek have been the stand out team all season and when the game had to be won, some of their key players stood up to deliver the club’s 19th premiership in the Alberton League.
Over at the netball Foster 13 and unders got the day started with a great win over Tarwin, then Fish Creek defeated Foster in the 15 and unders.
From then on it was all MDU with their 17 and unders too strong for Foster, their C grade then accounted for Fish Creek. In the closest game of the day MDU defeated Toora by one goal in a very exciting finish in B grade.
In the A grade clash MDU jumped out early to take a handy lead and were never really troubled by Foster. It was MDU’s first A grade premiership in 40 years, so it turned out a massive day for the MDU club winning four flags. Led by senior coach Ebony Best the Demons have had a very successful season and Saturday’s results were the icing on the cake.
Ebony has now had premiership success with Mirboo North, Leongatha and MDU as a coach after starting out playing in four flags at Foster. Saturday was her ninth premiership as a player and coach.
Presentations were made after each match, with AFNL officials busy throughout the day making things work like clockwork.
It was surprising that there were no AFL Gippsland representatives in attendance on the day in any official capacity?
Now it will be interesting to see what happens in coming weeks regarding the future of the Alberton Football Netball League.
Hopefully it doesn’t drag out too long and everyone has some clarity soon as to what, if any, changes will be made for 2018.