Will Narre Warren go back-to-back?
After winning the flag in 2022, defeating Woori Yallock 72 to 58, Narre showed why they are the best team in the comp.
They had to overcome a hot first half from Woori Yallock as they powered home in a wet affair with the sun out in the second half.
The match was delayed by an hour but that didn’t bother the players too much as they got out there and did their thing.
Narre had 13 scoring shots to 2 in the last quarter, which should have seen them win by much more than just 14. Nonetheless, they were too strong.
Best on ground was Hayden Stagg, with Josh Tonna, Will Howe, Tom Toner and Joel Zietsman having great games.
This was an uncharacteristically low score for Narre Warren, but the weather lent itself to that result, as Narre amassed 130+ on 11 occasions last year, including five 170+ monsters scores.
Their best game was in Round 9 though against Officer with a 239-11 score line, where Trent Cody and Peter Gentile scored seven goals each.
Narre Warren has a mouth watering forward line which in 2022 was headlined by Jake Richardson and Will Howe who thumped through 74 and 68 goals respectively. They were well supported by Cody, Kurt Mutimer and Riley Siwes all kicking 30 goals+.
Richardson kicked 5+ on 10 occasions and Howe 4+ on 10 occasions.
Narre are an extremely strong side and will take some beating in 2023.
A brilliant testament to Narre’s talent across the board is the fact that they had eight players in Team of the Year.
Toner, Zietsman, Benson, Mutimer, Cody, Richardson, Howe and Stagg.
Narre Warren will be hoping to exact revenge this year on Olinda Ferny Creek, who beat them in the Grand Final by 1 in extra time in a match where the rain didn’t hold back, in the second half.
They were outstanding all year and were brilliant again in the Grand Final, but were unfortunately a smidgeon away from winning.
They have stars all over the court with Erin Bell; a gun Goal Shooter, Brittany Mashado dominant in the Centre, Gabrielle Dwyer as Goal Keeper, whilst Abbey Barrientos had a solid season.
Narre were a high scoring team, scoring 54 goals per game, whilst they were also strong defensively, conceding just 33.
Bell amassed 552 goals, having her second overall for the season, whilst Jemma Osbourne had a nice year scoring 283, and Chelsea Tonna 228.
They had three representatives in Team of the Year: Dwyer, Bell and Mashado.
If Narre Warren can play the way they did last season, in 2023, then they will be a serious chance to win the Premiership, with Olinda Ferny Creek and Berwick being two of their main competitors.
Written by Jordan Peeler