HORSHAM completed an unbeaten Wimmera Netball Association A Grade season at the weekend with a much-deserved back-to-back premiership.
The Demons edged out Ararat 42-30 in wet and windy conditions at Davis Park, Nhill, on Saturday, but it was not all one-way traffic.
Ararat was gallant in defeat and never stopped until the final whistle, earning the praise of Horsham playing-coach Emma Uebergang.
“We finally got there in the end,” she said.
“It was a tough game and Ararat pushed us to the end.
“It was just a matter of being patient and playing consistent netball to get us over the line.”
Horsham had a slender 19-16 lead at the main break after an exciting first half, but managed to push away in the third and fourth quarters.
Teenage goal-attack Georgia Duncan capped off a sensational season by winning the best on court medal.
Duncan, who won best under-21 player at the Heather Hatcher Medal vote count earlier in the week, scored a game-high 25 goals to lead her side to victory.
“It couldn’t go to a more deserving person – she’s so modest and humble,” Uebergang said.
Goal keeper Katelyn Parry was another star for the Demons, defending hard all afternoon.
Parry, who will not play for the Demons next season because of university commitments, did a great job on experienced Ararat player Tahnee Walker.
Goal defence Kira Payne and goal keeper Rebecca Skrabl were the Rats’ best.
It was one of five netball premierships won by Horsham on Saturday, with the B Grade, 17 and under, 15 and under A and 15 and under B all prevailing.