HORSHAM claimed a hat-trick of 17 and under premierships after a thrilling 36-35 win over Warrack Eagles at Davis Park, Nhill on Saturday.
The Zoe Heard-coached side trailed by three goals at the first change before slowly chipping away at the Eagles’ lead.
Scores were tied at 27-apiece before a back-and-forth last quarter, where the lead changed several times.
Horsham attacker Jamila Johns scored the winning goal in the dying stages of the match.
“I told the girls at three-quarter-time that it would come down to whoever steadies and holds their nerve for the longest,” Heard said.
“No team was really better than the other – it could’ve gone either way.”
Heard said it was a fantastic finale to the season, describing it as the best grand final of the day.
“It was a fantastic tussle between the top two sides,” she said,
Mid-court player Laura Dixon was the Demons’ best, while Summer Schultz was awarded the best on court medal in a losing side.
Dixon stood up when it counted, after team-mate Mardi Isbel only played one quarter because of illness.
Eagles coach Gayle Leith said it was a case of her side getting ‘pipped at the post’, but she could not be prouder of her young netballers.
“I can’t complain – the girls gave it their best and we just missed out by a goal,” she said.
“The defence held their end really well, but Rebecca Coghill rolled her ankle at the start of the second quarter.
“I had to make a couple of changes and Cleo Lindsay and Maddie Okely lifted in Rebecca’s absence.”
Leith believed the future was bright at Warrack Eagles, with a number of top-agers set to make their mark on senior netball next season.