Ararat Storm goes back to back

CHAMPIONS: The Ararat Storm celebrate their second youth girls premiership after defeating the Ballarat Swans at Wendouree on Sunday. Picture: David Nicholson

CHAMPIONS: The Ararat Storm celebrate their second youth girls premiership after defeating the Ballarat Swans at Wendouree on Sunday. Picture: David Nicholson

The Ararat Storm are back-to-back premiers after a big 39-point win against Ballarat Swans in the Ballarat Football League Youth Girls grand final on Sunday.

The Storm dominated from the first bounce and piled on three goals in the first quarter while keeping the Swans scoreless to take a 22-point lead into the first break.

The second quarter was another strong quarter for the reigning premiers, as they continued to hold the Swans scoreless while piling on goals.

A two goals to one third quarter for the Swans reduced the margin but the Storm finished comfortable 7.11.53 to 2.2.14 victors to win their second flag.

Storm coach Krystal Cameron said she team’s dominance in the season decider was unexpected.

“It sort of blew us all out of the water,” she said.

“I would have to say it was their best first quarter of the season.

“It was surprising but at the same time I know that is something they are capable of.

“I just think they were really hungry and really determined to put in a strong performance.”

Meg Wik starred for the Storm up forward and provided a strong target inside the forward 50.

She finished with four goals and Ayesha Nicholson was named best on ground performance for the Storm.

Cameron said she was very impressed with Wik’s game.

“That is her role for as long as I have been there, I would say she had her best game I have seen her play,” she said.

“We try and get the girls who are playing centre half-forward to be the focal point.”

Cameron said it was great to see the team continue to develop and improve their football across the year.

“From last year, the quality was much better in this year’s final which shows how much they have improved since then,” she said.

“We have four girls who will finish up this year due to their age, so it meant a lot to those girls to get the win.”

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