HAMPDEN White is the first team to seal a spot in the Western Regional State League 17 and under grand final after demolishing league-mate Hampden Green 58-34 last night.
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White and Green, which finished second and first on the ladder respectively, were both missing multiple injured players.

But it was the resilient White which managed to cover the gaps seamlessly.

Victorious coach Kate Kearney said it was a solid four-quarter effort from her group.

“The key was that they got off to a really good start,” she said. “They were all fired up (and) they had a really good warm-up. They had set goals that they wanted to achieve each quarter and they ended up nailing those.”

White was missing Sarah Bullen and Carly Pulling, while Green was without Skye Billings and Chantelle Moloney and Annie Blackburn did not step onto the court from the bench.

White, which remained unchanged for the match, sprinted to a 15-9 lead before pulling away to 33-15 at half-time.

Green went goal for goal with White in the third quarter, before the energetic White regained its energy in the fourth.

Keeper Ailish Glennen continued to hold tight against Green shooter Hannah Lourey, while goal attack Kate O’Meara and shooter Cloe Pulling made sure to convert White’s hard work.

“It was one of those games where I couldn’t pick a weak link,” Kearney said.

“They were all outstanding.”

White will play the winner of Hampden Green and Warrnambool City in the preliminary final next Thursday.

City defeated Warrnambool and District 48-38 in the first semi-final last night.

“We will come out as a team and watch the (preliminary final), then we will get ready for the grand final the week after,” Kearney said.

Meanwhile, Netball Victoria awarded B grade umpiring badges to Melissa Kettle, Casey Weel and Tamara Bull last night.

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