Title claimed in extra time for Goulburn Valley Grammar

By Lauren Bordin

Goulburn Valley Grammar School overcame a plethora of talented sporting schools to win the Intermediate School Girls Championship.

The side, made up of Year 9 and 10s, was the first GVGS netball side to make a grand final of the tournament and went on to win the title.

Just like the Super Netball series, the players took to court one at the State Netball and Hockey Centre for the final and were ready to face Melton Secondary College after going through the regular rounds undefeated.

But in a crossover finals series, GVGS had not yet met Melton and it provided an almighty test. Coach Meagan Harrison was proud of her team and how it approached momentum shifts in the match.

‘‘After the first passages of play we were down four goals and there were a few midcourt errors and the nerves were there but when we really got stuck in and the girls dug deep we were able to come back,’’ she said.

Recovering from four goals down in a shortened 14-minute game was an effort and GVGS levelled the scores at the final whistle, resulting in extra time played.

But because the electronic scoreboard is high above the players’ heads in the stadium, Harrison said players did not know what to expect.

‘‘It was just amazing, they had to clue (it was a draw), they hadn’t been alerted to the fact and because we were on the show court at the State Netball and Hockey Centre I was on the bench and could see,’’ Harrison said.

Extra time of two three-minute halves was all GVGS needed to finish in front and bring the title back to the region.