TERANG Mortlake saved its best to last, defeating Camperdown by three goals in Saturday’s final home-and-away match.
The Bloods achieved the 46-43 win — their fifth of the season — without star goal keeper Jess O’Connor, who was ill.
Coach Aimee Arundell, who was struggling with the flu, was rapt with her side’s performance.
“The girls were really happy … disappointed in one way to see how well we can play without making the finals,” Arundell said.
“It was good to finish on a high. Everyone played well.”
Arundell, who started in the centre and moved to wing attack after quarter-time, said the match highlighted her side’s talent.
Britt Hyland was decisive at goal defence, Ailish Glennen was good at goal keeper and Lisa Couch stepped up into the centre for the Bloods.
Arundell said the match was tight throughout, with the final margin just about the biggest across the four quarters.
“It was a really good game,” she said.
Arundell said the Bloods grabbed a couple of decisive rebounds and intercepts in the midcourt late in the match, which ensured they finished in eighth position on the ladder.
“It was one of our better games for the year,” she said.
The loss capped a tough close to the season for Camperdown.
The Magpies, which ended up sixth on the ladder, suffered losses by four, six and three in three of their past four matches to miss the finals.
A one-goal win over third-placed Hamilton Kangaroos was their only win in the last month of the season.
The Magpies will take plenty out of the season, particularly the form of teenage shooters Jaymie and Emily Finch.