Echuca, Kangaroo Flat triumph at Rochester

ECHUCA and Kangaroo Flat reigned supreme in the open and the 17-under divisions at Saturday's running of the Communith Bank Rochester Netball Invitational.

There was $500 up for grabs in both competitions played at Rochester Recreation Reserve.

Goulburn Valley Netball League clubs Euroa, Echuca and Shepparton United won through to the open semi-finals, as did Kangaroo Flat.

Echuca and Euroa were unbeaten in the run to the grand final.

The Echuca line-up took control from the first whistle.

Echuca's defenders fought for every ball and ran every turnover hard out of defence.

Sheridan Townrow was dominant in goals and was the difference in a 17-11 victory.

Best players were Townrow for Echuca and Megan O'Bree for Euroa.

The Echuca team was coached by Misty Howard for the day in the absence of Gina Pearson.

"The new players that have come into the team banded well which was a promising sign," Howard said.

The club aims to put the $500 prizemoney towards new uniforms.

Kangaroo Flat's winnings from the 17-under tournament will go toward improving the courtside shelter at Dower Park.

The Roos' young stars took on Shepparton United in the Rochester tournament grand final.

Both grand finalists were unbeaten in the preliminary rounds.

The Sue Borserio-coached Kangartoo Flat capitalised on early turnovers.

Kangaroo Flat won 17-11.

Caitlyn Hamilton was best for Kangaroo Flat.

Shepparton United's best was Tiarna Steel.

Tournament director Jac Rasmussen said team entries were almost double from the inaugural event run in 2013.

“The tournament has grown so much from our initial concept last year. The response and positive feedback from clubs has been overwhelming." 

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