Panmure earned a special place in club history by winning the A reserve grand final at Reid Oval on Saturday.
The 46-23 result over Merrivale was the Bulldogs’ first netball premiership since coming into the league.
The win was never in doubt for Panmure after it jumped out to a 10-5 quarter-time lead and didn’t look back.
Captain and wing defence Shannon Rea was the Panmure star as she not only got to hold up the premiership cup but also won the trophy for best on court.
Panmure finished second after the home-and-away season with a 15-3 record but made a clean sweep of the finals with three straight wins to lift the premiership cup.
The Bulldogs’ finals victories were over the three teams that had beaten them in the home-and-away season: Timboon Demons in the qualifying final, Old Collegians in the second semi-final and Merrivale in the season decider.
The grand final triumph was Panmure’s 14th win in a row, capping a period of sustained momentum.
It was a mother-and-daughter coaching team in Robyn and Emma Roache that led the Bulldogs to their inaugural premiership, with Emma having to go on and play the A grade grand final straight after her successful coaching duties finished.
Robyn Roache paid tribute to the team and to Emma for her contribution to its success.
“They are a fabulous group of girls and they are all great mates so this is a lovely reward for all their hard work,” Roache said after the game.
“I think our teamwork all over the court was really strong all game and the girls did everything we asked of them.
“And Emma has done a wonderful job with the team.
“She has really enjoyed the coaching and has a good relationship with the girls.”