The agony and ecstasy of sport was on full display in the Mininera District Netball Association grand final on Saturday, as Woorndoo-Mortlake won its third consecutive A grade premiership.
An even contest was expected despite the Hawks winning by 21 goals over the Tigers just two weeks ago.
The game started closely in wet conditions, with Tatyoon jumping out to a narrow one-goal lead at the first break.
The rain continued to pour down as they pushed the lead out to three goals in the second term before the Tigers began to take control of the game.
They swung the momentum their way, taking the lead into the main break.
“When Taty beat us a fortnight ago and we really learnt a lot. We knew we had to come out and start well,” Tigers coach Georgia Muir, who was named best on court, said.
The Tigers put their foot down in the third quarter, making life hard for Tatyoon’s goalies while converting stongly from their chances as well.
They moved ahead to lead by six goals at the final break.
The court began to dry up and the skies cleared in the final quarter as Tatyoon clawed its way back into the game.
But just as they have done for a while now, Tigers shooting combo Sarah and Jess Cameron remained steady, continuing to apply scoreboard pressure on the Hawks.
Tatyoon got within four goals of the Tigers in the last term but that was as close as they got, eventually going down 41 to 34.
The win completed a three-peat for the Tigers, having defeated the Hawks in 2017 and Glenthompson-Dunkeld in 2016.