A few years ago some wise heads at Loxton North Netball Club made a decision on a rebuild/restructure of its operations with an emphasis on youth as far as its playing group was concerned.
It is not easy to put such plans in place and with generous rvolunteers steering the ship to continue on the charted course.
But under senior coach Kylie Wooldridge North has not wavered from its policy and on Saturday the results of Grand Finals made all the effort worthwhile.
The A1 team had reached the 2015 Grand Final as favourite for the title but was upset by finals’ specialist Renmark. That was part of the learning passage for the young side and last Friday night, against a much improved Berri, Loxton North won its first pennant since 2002.
The first three stanzas were closely fought with North leading by8 points at three quarter time before it broke away to a 42-29 victory. Marlee George was named Best On Court.
Loxton North had dominated senior Best & Fairest awards with the RNA and it was the same situation in the Grand Finals.
Experienced campaigner Karina Tschirpig was outstanding as Best On Court when North won the A2 title 55-29 from Renmark and the B1 also went to Loxton North (Denise Wagner BOC) with a close 38-36 win against Berri. Cobdogla won the B2 Grade with a 46-41 win against Renmark with Kay Fletcher BOC. The B3 game was a high scoring affair with Renmark (Megan Schwartzkopff ) defeating Loxton North 62-56.
In C1 Loxton North (BOC Amanda Faehrmann) won 43-40 from Renmark and in C2 the small Cobdogla club completed a great finals series with another title, defeating Waikerie in a thriller 38-36. Angela Zanetic was Best On Court.
The 17A Grand Final saw Loxton continue to storm home from the First Semi Final to beat Loxton North 54-22. Neisha Hampel just edged out a number of her Loxton team mates to be named BOC. In 17B Loxton’s Shyla Lange was BOC as her side defeated Berri 55-26 and in 17C Loxton North (Chantal Gray) won 42-26 against Renmark.
Loxton North also grabbed the 15A title with its Kirrely Wagner Best On Court as it defeated Renmark in another thriller 47-45. 15B1 went to Renmark (Taneesha Venables BOC) 35-25 from Berri, 15 B2 to Loxton North (Brailey Jachmann) 39-36 against Renmark Blue, 15C1 to Barmera (Ashleigh Haigh) 49-44 against Berri and 15C2 to Berri (Acassia Verco BOC) 32-26 against Loxton North.