Horsham Demons dominate on the netball court 

Horsham demons' Steph Thomson. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Horsham demons' Steph Thomson. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham Demons broke a six-year drought in A Grade netball with a 51-37 win over Ararat in the Wimmera Netball Association grand final.

The Demons' last top grade netball triumph came back in 2006. After the win, coach Zoe Heard predicted future success from the budding squad.

It was one of four flags won by Horsham on the netball court on Saturday at Central Park, Stawell, with 17 and under, B Grade and C Grade also tasting success.

Heard said there was an array of talent in her side, with just three players over 18.

"The future is looking bright for all of our netball sides," she said.

"We've got youngsters like Georgia Duncan, Katelyn Parry and Paige Lloyd who are already superstars of the competition and have a long career ahead of them.

"Then we have girls like Jedda Heard and Maggie McFarlane who are coming along really nicely.

"It's great to see all the young ones coming through."

Heard said it was a remarkable effort from Horsham to win the final four netball flags on offer on Saturday.

"The club is really happy to win four netball premierships in the same day," she said. "It just shows the depth of our netballing talent."

Horsham led at every change, with goal shooter Steph Thomson on song from the get-go.

Thomson won the best on court medal for her consistent performance throughout the match.

Other major contributors for the Demons were Heard in goal defence, and centre Emma Uebergang.

Goal shooter Jakki Gibson and wing defence Tahnee Waterson were named as Ararat's best.

For results and more photos from the Wimmera Netball Association grand finals, see pages 36-38.


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