Bendigo crowned league winners

BENDIGO FNL have won back-to-back North Central Regional State League championships. 

Bendigo FNL came up against Heathcote District FNL in the decider at Flora Hill stadium on Sunday night. 

Bendigo FNL put in big four quarter effort to edge out their opponents to win 45-29. 

The game was a re-match of last week's final round with Bendigo also getting on top in that match. 

Bendigo, who finished on top of the ladder at the conclusion of the six-game season, came out strong in the opening quarter, holding onto a four goal lead. 

It was more of the same in the second quarter with Heathcote managing to narrowly close the margin to just three goals at half time. 

The third quarter was very much the premiership quarter for Bendigo, piling on 12 goals to three. 

Heathcote composed themselves in the final quarter, making most of their shots. 

Heathcote's Louise Dupuy was moved from GK to GS to help close the margin but it wasn't enough. 

Bendigo continued to withstand the pressure, winning by 16 goals. 

Bendigo FNL's Madeline Stewart was named the player of the grand final. 

Open Hot Shot of 2014 went goal shooter Rebecca Smith from Heathcote District FNL. 

Open MVP of 2014 went to Heathcote District FNL's Louise Dupuy. 

The Open Coaches Most Wanted of 2014 went to Kate Burton from North Central. 

In the under-17 grand final it was a much tighter affair. 

The undefeated Bendigo FNL was up against Echuca and District. 

Echuca began playing precision netball with accurate shooter Emmison Rhode on target in the first quarter. 

They lead by one goal at the first break. 

In the second quarter Echuca lifted their intensity and pressure to increase their lead to four at half time. 

Bendigo FNL coach Kathryn Gilmore inspired her team at the main break with Bendigo managing a six goal turnaround halfway through the third quarter. 

They lead by one at three quarter time. 

The fourth quarter was set to be a fight to the finish. 

Echuca's defense played well with Eve Gregor taking a number of intercepts.

Echuca secured the lead back to win 50-47. 

It was Bendigo's first loss of the North Central season. 

Defender Eve Gregor was crowned the player of the grand final for Echuca and District. 

The under-17 Hot Shot for 2014 was Bendigo FNL shooter Georgia Bolton.

The under-17 MVP of 2014 was wing attack Ashley Ryan from Bendigo FNL. 

While the under-17 Coaches Most Wanted of 2014 was Bendigo FNL centre Sammi Cook.  

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