After a heart-wrenching one-point loss to Laharum in the 2019 Horsham District League final, Natimuk United's A Grade netballers would be a little disappointed to finish seventh and miss the finals in 2021.
The Rams, however, weren't helped by the number of unavailabilities and injuries that they were faced with throughout the season.
Still, in a year fraught with uncertainty, the Rams would be pleased with the improvement they showed as the season continued. They finished with a respectable five wins, just one behind the Swifts in sixth.
Rams' coach Casey Vanstan recalled the season as being "tough" for her side.
"In round one Alysha (Liston) did her Achilles, so that was a season-ending injury," Vanstan said.
"And we had a couple of broken fingers.
"With the unavailability and the injuries we just couldn't quite get over the line this year. It just wasn't meant to be."
Despite the obvious negative effects that a side can suffer from struggling to put the same side on the court week-in-week-out; Vanstan was able to look on the bright side.
"There are positives that come out of that too," she said.
"We were able to bring in Sara McCuish, so that was really great."
"The development of junior player Beth Sudholz really came along this year."
Vanstan highlighted her side's "never-say-die" attitude as something she was proud of.
"It didn't matter whether we were 20 goals down or whether it was really close, we never gave up, that's not who we are," she said.
"I have to commend the girls. They did everything I asked them to do. Everyone gave it their best.
"It was just great to be able to play this year."
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