North Bendigo and Colbinabbin to go head-to-head in Heathcote and District A-grade final

READY TO FIRE: Tamara Gilchrist and Olivia McEvoy. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

READY TO FIRE: Tamara Gilchrist and Olivia McEvoy. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

WHEN North Bendigo walks onto the court on Saturday afternoon, they will be making history. 

The A-grade team has made it to the Heathcote and District Netball Association grand final, for the first time. 

North has dropped just two games on the way to the decider and are aiming to cap off its impressive season with a victory. 

"We aren't feeling any pressure, we are just looking forward to playing and being a part of grand final day," North Bendigo playing coach Tamara Gilchrist said. 

"It really has been a three year process to build the club up, we were almost at the bottom of the ladder. 

"It will be amazing if we can win, we have worked hard for this."

Gilchrist said all of her players would lift the intensity and pressure to beat the reigning premiers, Colbinabbin.  

"It is going to be a real shoot out between the two shooters, you never know where they are going to play their players," she said.  

"The mid-court, that could be the difference."

Colbinabbin playing-coach Olivia McEvoy said the game would be a close one. 

"Mentally we have to keep focussed the whole time," she said. 

"It is going to be tough, it is going to be hot, both sides are going to be determined and no doubt it will be goal for goal. 

"It is about keeping possession of the ball and working through our game plans and putting in 110 per cent on game day." 

The A-grade final will be played in Huntly at 3pm on Saturday.

It will be umpired by Lill Smith and Kate Stratford.  

The A-reserve game between North Bendigo and Huntly will be umpired by Kathryn Gilmore and Carlie Jones. 

The B-grade final between North Bendigo and Mount Pleasant will be officiated by Dannielle Sawyer and Mel Haines. 

The B-reserve final between White Hills and Mount Pleasant will be umpired by Sadie Vale and Jadye Poole. 

The 17-and-under final between White Hills and Colbinabbin will be umpired by Jess Hardness and Nicole Donnellon.

The 15-and-under final between Colbinabbin and Lockington will be umpired by Cara Hall and Jacinta Deane.  

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