IT WAS a big day for the Foster Football Netball Club last Saturday when they participated in the 2019 Alberton Football Netball League grand finals at Tarwin.
Foster were participating in seven of the grand finals on the day and came home premiers in four – senior football, reserves football, and A and 15 & under netball in what was a great achievement for the club.
The A grade netball girls went back to back, while the senior football team had waited nine years since their last flag, also against Stony Creek in 2010. Foster reserves won their first premiership after a 27 year hiatus with the same coach, Wayne Sparkes in charge 27 years ago. Truly remarkable when you think about it!
Both senior football matches were close encounters all day and either team could have won on the day.
The MDU thirds defeated Foster in the first game of the day with the boys kicking the heavy dew off the ground. It was just rewards for the Demon boys who were runners-up last year.
2,252 people paid $23,607.90 at the gate on Saturday, compared to $18,989.65 the year before at Meeniyan. The perfect weather no doubt helped the larger crowd. Tarwin president Anthony Hullick and his club are to be congratulated on the way they presented and ran the day, the first class conditions on and off the field and netball courts were provided. The bowling green-like surface of the oval was a treat!
Winners of each game and individual award winners were presented after every game and prior to the main game the National Anthem was sung by local vocalists Janine Gordon and Ellie Poletti.
Over at the netball courts huge crowds of spectators watched the six games of netball with exciting matches all day.
As previously mentioned, Foster defeated Fish Creek in A grade, Toora, who were the standout team all year defeated Fish Creek in B grade, Fish Creek C grade were too strong for Tarwin, Fish Creek 17 & unders defeated Foster, Foster 15 & unders accounted for Toora and MDU 13 & unders were too strong for Foster also.Saturday was the culmination of another season dominated with indecision and uncertainty for the AFNL. After such a positive end to the season, it is hoped that 2020 brings more enjoyment and excitement to all the six clubs who participated this season