THE final and most important instalment in a perfect 2013 season was completed by South Warrnambool’s 17 and under netballers on Saturday.
The Roosters were crowned premiers and champions after a 36-30 grand final victory over Terang Mortlake at the Reid Oval.
It was the Roosters first 17 and under flag since 2010 while for the Bloods it was heartbreak for the second season in a row after finishing runner-up in 2012.
While the six-goal margin might seem comfortable enough, it was a hard-fought win for the Roosters with Terang Mortlake putting up a gallant fight.
South Warrnambool started in a hurry taking an early three-goal lead, but the Bloods settled and by quarter-time the scores were level at 10 apiece.
The momentum swung back and forth in an intense second quarter with the Roosters fighting back from three down to be level at half-time on 19.
The third quarter was the most telling period of the game. The Roosters worked their way to a six-goal lead at the final break. The Bloods reduced the lead to three by the middle of the final term but the Roosters steadied to maintain the buffer and pull off the win.
South Warrnambool coach Gill Hermann said she was thrilled for the girls. “It is a good reward for the hard work they have put in all season,” Hermann said. “To go through unbeaten is pretty tough but the girls just went out and played today like they have all season and it was a great effort against a good team.”
The Lynne Everall medal for best on court was won by South Warrnambool goal shooter Nell Mitchell with a game high 30 goals.
Defenders Genevieve O’Connor and Brittany Hyland were also prominent for the Roosters while for the Bloods Ailish Glennen was named their best player.