WNA - Stawell Warriors walked away with two premierships following the Wimmera Netball Association grand finals held at Davis Park, Nhill, last Saturday.
Stawell defied a resurgent Horsham Demons to win the C grade premiership 33-29, while Warriors also defeated Horsham in the 13 and unders, 24-21.
In C grade, Stawell got off to a flying start to take a seven goal lead at quarter time.
Warriors managed to maintain the lead in the second term and extended it to nine goals at the final change.
Horsham surged in the final term, but Stawell hung on to take home the premiership by four goals.
Coach Kristy Matthews said it was Warriors first quarter that got them over the line.
"In that last quarter, we did silly things again. We'd miss a goal and they'd get a goal, the turnover was straightaway," Matthews said.
"It was similar to our second semi final (against Horsham), but with the roles reversed and we were lucky enough to stay on top.
"We held the lead for the whole game and never looked like losing it."
Bethany Griffiths was named best on court for her performance in the centre.
"Bethany was very good. She ran all day, provided defensive pressure over the play and was able to steady herself mid court," Matthews said.
Laura Farrer, who is normally in goals, played the entirematch in defence and according to her coach, made a real difference to the pressure that was applied.
Sarah Morris was another player to stand out in goals.
Usually a mid court player, Morris moved down into attack and while she didn't score too many goals (11), Matthews said she was strong feeder to Amelia Pollock.
This season was Matthews' second as coach, but first as outright coach after sharing the duties with Kirsty Coote in 2012.
She thanked the supporters who made the trek to Nhill last Saturday.
"Also, thanks to Lauren (Iseppi), our team manager, I couldn't have done it without her.
In the 13 and unders, Stawell held on to defeat Horsham by three goals.
It was a tight tussle throughout the match, with scores level at quarter time, before Horsham took a one goal lead at the main break.
Warriors gained the upper hand in the third term and withstood a Demons comeback in the final quarter to win 24-21.
Stawell 13 and unders team manager, Tracey Dark said the team knew it was going to be tough after winning the first home-and-away round by three goals and drawing the second.
"Also, our girls had the week's break and being young, could have found it difficult to come back, but they handled it really well," she said.
"Lynn (coach Lynn Jensz) organised practice matches for them and at one stage they played against our A graders, who gave them guidance in their positions and last Thursday night, they played against our 15A side. Those things helped."
Goalies Daisy Walker and Kasey Mornane combined succesfully with their passing and their pair managed to work the ball in close throughout the match.
"We did make mistakes. Lynn said at the start to the girls that they would, being a tough pressure game, but she said 'it (the result) would come down to how you pick yourselves up'," Dark said.
"We worked hard and got the ball back time and time again."
Horsham drew level with Stawell in the final term and the momentum could have swung the Demons way, but Warriors kept working and were able to get across the line.
Daisy Walker received the best on court medal for her performance, while Bonnie McIlvride (who was returning from an ankle injury) stood out as goal keeper.
There is a bright future ahead for Stawell junior netball, with half of the team set to move up a grade while premiership players Jade Allen, Laz Warren, Kasey Mornane and Eliza Marrow return to 13 and unders in 2014.
Stawell Warriors netballers were no match for Horsham Demons in Saturday's B grade grand final at Nhill.
Horsham stunned Stawell in the first term, racing to a 7-0 lead before Warriors settled down to get within four goals at quarter time.
Demons lifted again in the second term to extend the margin to 15 goals at half time and didn't look back, eventually running out 56-33 winners.
Stawell B grade coach, Christine Graveson, said her side was beaten by a better team on the day.
"They played at a much higher intensity than us, but to our credit, we did a good job," she said.
"It was probably a bit of nerves that got us in the first quarter.
"They've got a lot of experience and we really struggled to get the ball through centre court to the goalies.
Graveson said there was also a high amount of pressure on her players.
"Just their defensive pressure got us and as I said, we were beaten by a better team on the day. The girls busted their gut and gave 100 per cent.
"There was not much more we could've done."
Stawell pair Jaiden Bach and Michelle Beaton were outstanding in goals, scoring 17 and 16 respectively.
The coach said she was 'rapt' to reach the WNA grand final and was really proud of her team despite the loss.
"We had a fabulous year. We went a step further than last year and next year, we might go all the way."