THE first Hampden netball under 16 premiership cup has red and white streamers around it after yesterday’s South Warrnambool grand final victory.
The Roosters defeated Camperdown 31-16 in the inaugural season’s showdown at Victoria Park.
The Roosters were challenged early by the Magpies and held just a two-goal lead at quarter-time.
They extended that to six at half-time and then put the foot down in the third to sit 25-12 up at the final break.
The final quarter saw the lead pushed out to 15 and a place in history.
South Warrnambool goal shooter Alice Carlin won the medal for best on court, an honour she said was a nice surprise.
“I wasn’t expecting to win the medal but it was nice to play OK and win,” Alice said.
“It was such a good team effort, that is the way we have played all season.”
The team focus of the Roosters was also highlighted by their coach Kathy Hunt, who knew early in the season she had a team playing for the right reasons.
“At the start of the season we got the girls to write down their goals for the season and none of them mentioned a premiership or any individual awards,” Hunt said yesterday.
“They wrote that they wanted to have fun as a team and learn more about their netball and try and improve.
“And I think that attitude helped us today. The girls just went out there and enjoyed playing together and they were good enough to win the game.”
Other star players for the Roosters included captain and centre Ashlee Anderson and defender Emma Anderson.
Camperdown was best served by Sierra Ryan, who was also its leading goal scorer with nine.