A FIGHTING loss to ladder-leaders Old Collegians cost Timboon Demons a place in the top five but announced it as a serious challenger for season 2104.
The Demons almost achieved what no team has been capable of in the first seven rounds, a win over the Warriors.
Old Collegians managed to hold on to win 44-43 in a thriller at the Timboon Recreation Reserve courts.
The game started as predicted, with the Warriors getting out to a lead at the first break and maintaining it to three-quarter-time.
By midway through the last quarter the Warriors had cruised to a seven-goal lead and looked set for an easy win.
But the Demons were not done with and steamed home in the dying minutes to go down by just one goal in a morale-boosting performance.
The previous week the Demons had been disappointing in a 15-goal loss to Kolora-Noorat so their form reversal was a welcome one for coach Hayley Plozza.
“Last week was really disappointing so it was great to be able to get back and play the type of netball we know we can,” Plozza said.
“It was really pleasing that we were able to regroup in that last quarter and get back to almost a winning position at the end of the game.
“It will give us a lot of confidence going forward and now we just have to make sure we come out and play near our best each week.”
This Saturday the Demons will be up against Allansford, the team that replaced them in the top five after a 55-39 win over East Warrnambool on Saturday.
A problem for the Demons is they will be without Hayley Plozza, Kelly Plozza and Cloe Marr, their best three players, against the Warriors.
The star trio are unavailable, with a more pressing engagement the celebration of Kelly Plozza’s wedding.
In other round seven matches on Saturday Kolora-Noorat moved to third on the ladder with a 68-26 win over Nirranda at Noorat.
Merrivale had its third win of the season with a 41-39 result against Deakin University, while Russells Creek had its fourth win of the campaign with a 41-31 victory over South Rovers.