WOORNDOO-Mortlake’s maiden top-tier premiership was the culmination of a career-long dream for Georgia Muir and Jess Reynolds.
The coach and captain duo began playing netball together as 12-year-olds and combined to help the merged club to a historic premiership.
Reynolds, playing in goal attack, was the focal point of the Tigers’ offense for most of the afternoon and turned in a performance of the highest quality to take out best-on-court honours.
The Tigers put Glenthompson-Dunkeld to the sword to run out 50-42 victors, with a loyal contingent of Tigers’ fans spilling onto the court in jubilation to kick-start celebrations after the final siren.
Down by one goal at quarter time, Muir urged her charges to cap a stunning season with a grand final victory.
From then on, the Tigers led at every other change, maintaining a five-goal buffer on the Rams to clinch their maiden A grade premiership.
Muir said the feeling of taking out the Mininera and District Netball Association’s top prize was “surreal”.
“It’s such a win for the club because so many of us are local, Woorndoo-Mortlake people so I don’t think it will sink in for a while,” she said.
“Our pressure all over the court was fantastic. They came at us a couple of times and we were able to steady and just play our brand of game.
“We were able to absorb that pressure and the changes we made at half time worked in seamlessly.
“It was such a fantastic team effort and it has been a long time coming for us.”
In a dampener for Woorndoo-Mortlake, reliable defender Kate Reynolds was carried from the court late in the last term with an injured ankle. She was set to have scans on Saturday evening.
In other results, Glenthompson-Dunkeld emerged triumphant in an over-time thriller against Hawkesdale-Macarthur in the B grade decider.
The Eagles led into the dying seconds of the match, but a late surge from the Rams was enough to force the tie into extra time, allowing Glenthompson-Dunkeld to break out to a match-winning lead. Rams captain Kate Couchman hailed the determination of her side, which helped to force turnovers late on.
“We were one or two down, and we didn’t give up. Decisions went our way, and it was just fantastic in the end,” she said.
“That’s the first time beaten them all season. We only played them once and went down. To beat them finally means everything to us.”
Penshurst is celebrating after snatching the under 17 grand final from Tatyoon by just two goals.
Woorndoo-Mortlake’s under 15s also clinched the flag with an 11-goal win over Glenthompson-Dunkeld.