STAWELL held off a resurgent Horsham outfit to claim the C Grade premiership at Davis Park, Nhill on Saturday.
The Warriors were up by nine goals at the final change before Horsham came home with a wet sail to give their opponent a scare.
But Stawell stayed strong, winning 33-29, with Horsham falling four goals short of back-to-back premierships.
Stawell coach Kristy Matthews said the match was similar to the second semi-final where the Demons won by four goals – only this time it was Horsham on the back foot all day.
“It was a little bit like deja vu – except the other way round,” she said.
“They came out with a nothing-to-lose attitude in the last term and really took it to us.
“We made a few silly mistakes in the last quarter, but held on for the win.”
Centre Bethany Griffiths was dominant through the mid-court, earning best on court honours.
“It was her constant pressure through the middle, along with her drive and run that earned her the medal,” Matthews said.
Laura Farrer’s switch from goals to defence was good, while usual mid-courter Sarah Morris did a great job in goals for Stawell.
Goal attack Amelia Pollock had a blistering first half, while Morris’ rebounding was impressive.