Burras back with Indigenous Round

Warburton-Millgrove took on Healesville in the Indigenous Round. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Alex Woods

On the weekend, Warburton-Millgrove hostedits First Nations Traffic Indigenous Round. This year the Burras took on Healesville in three games of netball and three games of football.

The morning started with Wesburn Junior Football Club playing a showcase intraclub match, which the kids always love. D Grade had a bye, so C Grade started the netball at the courts. They started strong with an 18-3 quarter-time score and continued with that momentum throughout the game. At the last break, they were 48-7. The last quarter was much the same and they managed to keep Healesville scoreless. 61-7 was the final score, with Mel Hancock scoring 26, Ashlyn Hermansen with 20 and Cam Holland scoring 15. Casey Hare was awarded the Best on Court medal, with Cam Partel and Mel Hancock also having strong games.

Women’s Footy kicked off mid-morning, taking on Wandin. It started with a touching ceremony with a Welcome to Country conducted by Aunty Julie Coombs. Wandin had a strong start in the first quarter with a scoreline of 1.1-7 to 2.0-12 at the first break. They came back in the second quarter and managed to have a 7-point lead at the halftime break. The second half was much to the Burras’ advantage and they came out firing. They scored 4.2 in the third quarter to Wandin’s 0, and then another 4 goals 3 behinds in the last quarter to Wandin 1.1. The final score was 12.7-79 to 4.2-26 and the Burras secured a 53-point win. Jasmine Enever received the Best on Ground Medal for her 5-goal effort in the game. Emerson Woods, Madi Ward, Ann Ito, Tamika Ferguson and Sarah Wilcox were also top performers. Madi Ward also kicked 4 goals, Kristy Flett with 2 goals and Jade Mewburn with 1.

B grade took the court after C grade, they got the early leap with a 14-5 quarter-time score. They continued throughout the game with a steady momentum and kept control. The 3/4 time break, the lead was 39-15. The team had a nice last quarter, putting up 15 goals to Healesville’s 5 and taking home the win 54-20. Gabby Woods was awarded Best on Court with Alex Woods and Tayla Ferguson also having strong games. Tayla Ferguson and Alex Woods both contributed 27 goals each to the game.

A Grade finished off the netball for the day at midday. The team started strong with a 22-goal first quarter to 12. Again, the game continued much the same with the team continuing their skills and speed through the remaining 3 quarters. The final score was 61-34 with Bianca Daniels being awarded Best on court. Taylah Moschetti and Indiana Pinnock also had strong games, Bianca put up 32 goals, Karly Wappett with 28 and Morgan Wyatt with 1.

Reserves took to the field with a tough game ahead of them. Last match, Healesville took the win but the Burras came out firing in the first quarter, having a score of 5.2-32 to 0.2-2 at the first break. By halftime, Healesville secured themselves a couple of goals and Burras had a 19-point lead heading into the second half. The last quarter was very close, but the Burras managed to hold onto the lead and secure the win by 4 points. Ricky Andueza was awarded the best-on-ground medal, with Liam Barnard, David Bedggood, Mitch Gordon and Dan Schlueter also having solid games. Damien Egan secured 2 goals for the game whilst Matt Sidari, David Lever, Brayden Ferguson, Tyler Bert and Chad Currey all secured 1 each.

Seniors finished off the day with another tough game ahead of them. Aaron Violi conducted a nice presentation with both clubs lining up, a gift exchange was then conducted and the football began. It was a tough start for the Burras, with Healesville securing a 3-goal lead in the first quarter. The second quarter was much the same, with Healesville adding another 3 goals to our 1 point, and went into the halftime break with a score line of 1.3-9 to 6-8.44. The Burras had a much-needed reset and took on the second half with a different approach. They managed to secure 3.2 to Healesville’s 1.4 and trailed by 24 points heading into the last quarter. Unfortunately, Healesville kicked away in the last quarter and secured the win 5.7-37 to 11.14-80. Nick Mende from Healesville won the Best on Ground medal. Shawn Andueza, Tim McKail, Dylan Walker, Tom Baker, Nelson Aldridge and Jake Byrush all had solid games for the Burras. Tom Barr kicked 2 goals, and Jack Farrugia, Bailey Humphrey and Jake Byrush all had 1 each.

Onto Yarra Junction next week.