Almost all the spoils for Healesville

Daniel Ebbels collects the ball as Matthew Moreton looks on. Picture: KYLIE ROWE

By Anne-Marie Ebbels

The A-grade netball game was another nail-biter this week with the two teams going goal for goal for most of the game. Only two goals separated Healesville and Alexandra at the final break with Healesville in the lead. Alexandra upped their defensive game in the final quarter and earned several turnovers to put themselves in front with two minutes to go. Healesville couldn’t find the turnover in the final minutes to hit back, and Alexandra won by 4 goals.

B grade started the game well and went into the first break with a goal lead. Healesville continued to extend their lead in the second quarter and went into the big break 12 goals up. Alexandra hit back in the third quarter, but Healesville managed to maintain their lead and extend the final margin to 20 goals.

A tough first quarter in the C Grade game had both teams even at quarter time. Healesville settled in the second quarter and won some crucial turnovers to be four goals in front at halftime. The third was even with Alexandra unable to eat into the Healesville lead. Healesville extended their lead in the final quarter to win the game by 8 goals.

The U18s got out to a quick start in their game against Olinda-Ferny Creek with three goals to none in the first quarter to go into the first break with a 22-point lead. Olinda-Ferny Creek settled in the second quarter and reduced Healesville’s scoring opportunities while creating a couple of their own. In the second Healesville continued to increase their lead while Olinda-Ferny Creek got their first major on the board. Healesville was the winner by 43 points.

In the Women’s game, the first quarter was a tight tussle with both teams remaining goalless at quarter time. Olinda- Ferny Creek went into the first break with a two-point lead. Healesville managed the first goal in the second quarter and went into the halftime break five points in front. Healesville came out after halftime and continued to hold Olinda-Ferny Creek goalless while scoring two goals themselves to go into the final break 21 points up. Even Olinda-Ferny Creek finally scoring a goal meant that Healesville maintained their lead winning by 21 points.

The Healesville Reserves got off to a strong start against Alexandra in the first quarter, keeping their opponents scoreless into the first break 22 points up. In the second quarter, Healesville scored 5 goals to one extend their lead to a 48-point lead at halftime. Healesville continued to make it difficult for Alexandra to score and continue to make a mark on the scoreboard to run out winners by 90 points.

In the Men Senior game, the first quarter was a tight tussle with the quarter-time margin only 3 points to Healesville. A stronger performance by Healesville in the second quarter kept Alexandra goalless and increased Healesville’s lead to 23 points. Alexandra came out inspired after half-time and turned the game around with a five-goal quarter to go into the final break with a 3-point lead. Healesville regrouped for the final quarter and limited Alexandra’s scoring opportunities to win by 19 points which could have been more with more accurate kicking in the final quarter.

Healesville travels a short way down the road to Yarra Glen for the annual Pride game for netball and senior men’s football. Football starts at 12.20pm and netball from 11.20am. The Women’s team play Upwey-Tecoma at Upwey and the U18s have a bye.


Senior Men Healesville 68 defeated Alexandra 49 Best: N Mende, J Bates, C Frazzetto, M Jones, B Murphy, A Edwards

Reserves Men Healesville 103 defeated Alexandra 13 Best: D Ebbels, Z Fawdry, K Jones, M Evans, T Tweedie, T Campbell

U18s Healesville 55 defeated Olinda-Ferny Creek 12 Best: R Brendish, R Cameron, B Rutley, J Handasyde, S Anderson, A Biddiscombe

Womens Healesville 31 defeated Olinda-Ferny Creek 10 Best: A Frazzetto, P Stock, P Pavic, P Bryon, K Willemsen, M Potter


A Grade Healesville 51 defeated by Alexandra 55: K Farrow, B Erickson, J Milne

B Grade Healesville 53 defeated Alexandra 33 Best: S Maile, L Rogers, N Braden

C Grade Healesville 23 defeated Alexandra 15 Best: K Bromilow, S Aloi