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GVHA | Mooroopna ends grand final heartbreak with stunning win

By Aydin Payne

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Mooroopna 3

Echuca-Moama 0

After the hurt of two previous grand final losses, Mooroopna's A-women side has ended its impressive season with victory against Echuca-Moama in the grand final.

Mooroopna went through its Goulburn Valley Hockey Association's A-women competition undefeated to be crowned premiers and champions at the weekend.

Saturday's clinical three-goal victory against the River Rats in the premiership decider ended two straight years of grand final heartbreak.

The Cats went down in back-to-back penalty deciders in 2017 and 2018, but erased those ghosts with a clinical 3-0 triumph.

In her fourth season at the club, Mooroopna captain Kerry Gannon was relieved and proud to have clinched her second medal from four attempts.

"Absolutely, after the disappointing finishes in the past two grand finals it was great to get the job done," she said.

"And to lead the girls as captain and clinch the premiership, it was such an amazing feeling.

"They're a great bunch of girls and I couldn't be happier."

Even though Mooroopna entered the final as favourites - having won nine games - the River Rats were the only side to have dealt them a blow - a draw in round 13.

"Echuca is a great side and they were the one side we drew against this year," Gannon said.

"But we had a plan and a couple of tricks up our sleeve and luckily they paid off."

Up-and-coming players Sinduri Iyengar and Steph Cardamone led the way, with the duo nailing all three goals for the victors.

Iyengar netted twice and was a standout performer, while Cardamone fired off a rocket past Echuca-Moama goalie Erin Thompson.

Carly Lawton was judged best-on-field, while Alicia Cornelius was a standout.

Gannon revealed the day was "spoilt" by a horrific hit to the face of an Echuca-Moama player in the final moments of the match.

But Gannon praised the efforts of Iyengar and Cardamone, as well as fellow youngster Amie Forster. 

"They have all really stepped up and taken on board the advice they have been given," she said.

"There is a number of good players leading them and helping guide them.

"We want to play our juniors and see them continue to grow which they have."

The weekend's victory capped off a strong day for Mooroopna's women's side, with the B-women outfit scoring a 2-1 win against the River Rats.

Following the club's first A-women premiership since 2016, Gannon gave a warning to the rest of the competition.

"Now that we have it (premiership) we don't plan on giving it up now," she said.