Hallam Secondary College has claimed the first Herald Sun Shield Grand Final victory for season 2017, after taking home the Division Two Senior Girls title over St. Francis Xavier at Cragieburn on Tuesday. Mitch Wynd reports.
The 12.17.89 to 0.2.2 result capped off a great day for Hallam, who sailed through to the Grand Final match after a convincing semi-final win over Loyola.
Hallam coach Brett Alexander was pleased with his team and what they were able to accomplish.
“We really set ourselves the objective to get away with the win today,” he said.
“We really wanted to make sure that Hallam had the chance to play back in Division One, so to get the win today was great and now hopefully we go on and win the state final this year if we can.”
In blustery conditions at RAMS Arena, Vic Country representative and Hallam key position player, Courtney Jones, was outstanding in her role both in the ruck and up forward, finishing with four goals for the day.
“We knew once the ball got along the ground we could use Courtney to run forward and kick goals, and that was a key role that we wanted her to play,” Alexander said.
“Having that ability to have a ruck that we can push forward and become dangerous was a real asset to the team and rotating her through the forward line worked really well.”
Despite the score line, St. Francis Xavier produced a dominant semi-final performance earlier in the day, securing a four-point win over Emmanuel College.
Leading the charge for St. Francis Xavier was fellow Vic Country representative, Tyla Hanks, who posed a challenge for the Hallam coaching staff during the decider.
“Tyla made the All-Australian U18 team this year, so she was a standout for St Francis Xavier and we were conscious of making sure that we limited her influence on the game, particularly early as she is such a dominant player,” Alexander said.
The Herald Sun Shield will continue this week when Ballarat Grammar meet Melbourne Girls Grammar in the Division One Senior Girls Grand Final on Sunday July 30.
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