FISH Creek never looked like losing the 2023 Mid Gippsland Football Netball League Senior premiership on Saturday at Morwell East with a huge crowd paying $37,000 at the gate to witness what turned out to be a game dominated by the Kangas from start to finish.
A strong cross-wind spoilt what otherwise were perfect conditions, with the ground in top shape, warm temperatures in the mid twenties and what appeared to be two evenly matched teams.
Newborough, who were undefeated all year, fell short for the second year in a row in a match many thought they would take the honours.
The day started early with Boolarra and Toora 13 & under netball starting the day with the young Toora girls taking the honours.
Yinnar thirds proved too strong for Mirboo North and in the reserves Tarwin, who were the best team all year, were made to work hard by Yinnar also, but in the end their experienced line-up prevailed and the Sharks reversed the loss they had in last year’s grand final against Toora.
Over at the packed netball precinct, Boolarra defeated Mirboo North in the 15 & Under, Fish Creek defeated MDU in the 17 & Under, Yinnar D grade defeated Fish Creek, MDU defeated Yinnar in the C grade, while Yinnar proved too good for Fish Creek in B grade.
In the highly anticipated A grade clash, Yinnar defeated the reigning premiers Toora in a close, hard fought match by five goals.
Award presentations were made after each game, with premiership medallions presented to individual players, and best afield awards and premiership cups and shields presented.
The celebrations started early for the large contingent supporting Fish Creek with their supporters loudly singing the club’s theme song half way through the last quarter, with the result well in hand early. No doubt it was sung many times over the weekend with celebrations probably still going on.
As one old-time Fish Creek supporter, and former life member of the Alberton League said to The Mirror after the game, “It’s great for Fish Creek to be the first team from the old Alberton Football League to win a premiership, and the club’s 37th senior flag, in the Mid Gippsland Football Netball League!”.
Bring on 2024!
Congratulations to the executive of the Mid Gippsland Football Netball League on presenting a great final’s series to cap off what was an very close and interesting season in all levels of football and netball. We just need a few more under 18 teams to improve the overall future of all clubs.