SACHA McDonald is not going to forget the 2020 Super Netball season in a hurry.
On the 93rd day of living in a Queensland hub, hard work and sacrifice paid off for McDonald and the Melbourne Vixens on Sunday.
The Vixens claimed their first Super Netball title in a heart-stopping grand final, narrowly defeating the West Coast Fever, 66-64.
The former Edenhope-Apsley netballer said it was "the most incredible game of netball" she had been a part of.
"It was crazy. Being courtside (on the interchange) watching, it was a totally different speed of netball. It was intense, fiery, but played in a very sportsmanlike way. It was just amazing," McDonald said.
"It came down to the final whistle and obviously it was nice to be on the positive side of it. I think it will be a game we remember for a long, long time."
McDonald, 20, said it was an exceptional way to say goodbye to retiring superstars Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites.
"To come up here and go home with what we really put our minds to at the start of COVID, it makes it all worth it," McDonald said.
"We wanted to acknowledge Caity and Tegan and play for them, but as Caity said, we also had to put it to the back of your mind and focus on the game.
"Everyone handled it really beautifully and looking at everyone's faces after the game, you could see how much it meant to everyone to celebrate and win it for those two.
"They have been really important to me too in my journey, so it's been so nice for them to have that and finish on a high."
After a hectic three months, McDonald said she was planning to spend a little more time in Queensland for some rest, before returning to Victoria.
"It's really strange - I'm not sure what my plans look like. Everything has just been totally dedicated to netball this year, and now we're done, so we have to navigate the off-season and border restrictions and all of that other stuff," she said.
"I'll spend some quiet time up here with a few of the girls then make my own plans heading home.
"I'm looking forward to seeing Mum and Dad at home - I haven't seen them in a long time so that will be really nice.
"We've had our fun up here, we'll celebrate a little bit longer but then it's time to get home."
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