HARROW-BALMORAL have finished off a dominant A Grade netball season with a commanding performance in the grand final against Noradjuha-Quantong.
The side built up a big lead throughout the game before recording a 59-37 victory.
Southern Roos coach Ebonie Salter was eccstatic after her sides win.
“We knew we had it in us because we’ve worked really hard,” she said.
“We’ve set the benchmark for most of the season so we believed we could do it.
“All of our ducks fell in a row today because you don’t ever expect to win a grand final by that margin; it proves the heart of the girls.”
Having made it to the semi-final without losing a game, Noradjuha-Quantong sprung an upset win over the Sourthern Roos be the first team to book a spot in the 2016 grand final.
For the Harrow-Balmoral side there was a need to regroup before making its way into the last game of the year by overcoming Natimuk United in the preliminary final.
Salter said the loss spurred her team on to give a good grand final performance.
“We didn’t like it and it was probably just what we needed,” she said.
“We probably got a bit complacent and to Noradjuha-Qunatong’s credit they stepped up to take it to us.
“We knew they’d do the same today if we took our foot off the pedal at any time no matter what the margin was.
“We didn’t want to walk off the court with that feeling again.”
From the sideline it certainly looked like it worked.
From start to finish the Southern Roos dominated the game and built on its lead throughout the match.
A 14-8 lead at quarter time turned into a 29-16 scoreline at halftime.
The Bombers had simply no answers and there was no signs of a comeback.
Three-quarter time saw the lead rise to 15 goals before the side eventually ran out 22 goal winners.
“We’ve had a lot of personal stuff going on off the court this year,” Salter said.
“It’s probably been one of the toughest years for the girls as a bunch.
“to see what we can do out on the court today is such a good reward for all of us.
“Now it’s time to celebrate and reflect and really enjoy it.”
Harrow-Balmoral Captain Amy Lewis won the medal for best on court in her sides win
She was the only attacking player to win the award in any of the Horsham District Football Netball League grand finals this year.
While accepting the premiership shield Lewis reiterated it had been hard for a lot of the team on and off the court during the season.
“To come this far and do what we did is a credit to the girls,” she said.
“To Noradjuha-Quantong, commiserations; you had a wonderful season and really brought it up to us two weeks ago and unfortunately it really fired us up because we didn’t like it one little bit.
“We had to go back to the drawing board and worked really hard these past couple of weeks to really earn this.”