Mixed emotions for Simpson supporters

Lorne netballers Sharni and Breanna de Jong, pictured middle, had support from, family and Simpson club members, from left, Peter, Jenny, Brenton and Karina during their A Grade grand final against the Tigers on Saturday. Sharni captained the coastal club to its maiden top-grade premiership.

A group of supporters clad in yellow and black joined Lorne’s A Grade netball celebrations after the Dolphins’ triumph over Simpson.

Passionate Simpson family the de Jongs put their passion for the Tigers aside to congratulate Sharni and Breanna de Jong, who played key roles in Lorne’s breakthrough premiership on Saturday.

Among the support crew torn entering Saturday’s decider were Breanna and Sharni’s dad Peter, mum Jenny, brother and Simpson senior footballer Brenton and their sister Karina, who also featured in Lorne’s netball ranks this year before falling pregnant.

Sharni made history by becoming Lorne’s maiden A Grade premiership captain after the coastal club’s come-from-behind five-goal victory over her junior side in the decider.

The talented Geelong-based midcourter crossed to the Dolphins last year to join her partner Steve Oliver at the club, recruiting Breanna midway through this season.

Sharni said the thought of leading the club to a flag never crossed her mind when she switched to Lorne from Belmont 18 months ago.

“I definitely didn’t expect this,” she said.

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