THE promotion of home-grown talent has helped give Timboon Demons a shot at the Warrnambool and District league A reserve premiership.
Four players from the Demons’ 17 and under premiership team from 2017 – Danica Clough (wing defence), Macy Gale (goal shooter), Brianna Thompson (goal keeper) and Lilly Hose (midcourt) – are part of the team to take on Nirranda in the grand final.
Timboon Demons coach Neil Gowland said the emergence of junior players had been a major gain for the season.
“They have done really well, it’s a big step up from playing against girls at junior level to be up against stronger ladies,” he said.
“Danica is still 17 and under so she has done a really good job stepping up.”
Gowland said a strength of his team was its evenness.
“We don’t have a stand-out player, I think we had three girls in the league best-and-fairest top 10,” he said.
Nirranda goes in as favourites, having finished on top and then defeating Timboon Demons in the second semi-final. The Blues won both home-and-away games against the Demons.