LAHARUM will use Saturday’s grand final experience to build for future years.
The team went down to Natimuk United by five goals in the A Grade decider in a competitive and hard-fought match.
The Mountain Maids had the narrowest of leads at half-time, but the more experienced Ewes outfit were able to carve out a small lead in the second half and maintain it until the final whistle.
Laharum joint coach Caitlin Story said a few unforced errors made it difficult for her team to take the lead in the second half.
“When it got really close, we just had those little errors and just couldn’t get ahead. We were always one or two behind,” she said.
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“But we stayed with them.
“They’ve played together for so long and we’ve only been together a couple of years.
“We’re also very young, so this experience will take us a long way.
“We’ll try to keep this team together, and we’re looking forward to next year.”
Joint coach Rebecca McIntyre said the team’s goal at the start of the season was to make the grand final, and she was proud of what they had achieved.
“We made ourselves proud with the way we went out there and held our heads. We didn’t give up. We didn’t let them have it easy,” she said.
“Credit to our girls – with the limited experience they have they did really well.
“We look forward to keeping this team together and we’ll keep working on what we can improve – we’ve really come a long way this year.
“Credit to Natimuk too. Shannon Couch played a brilliant game. I felt that when she did miss we got the opportunities that we could, but there weren’t many to get.
“They just slow it down, take their time and make it count.
“They’re an amazing team – they just played better today.”