TIMBOON’S A reserve netball side overcame a first half deficit to reign supreme in their Warrnambool and District league grand final on Saturday.
The Demons, who were facing arch rivals Nirranda, found themselves trailing throughout the opening two terms before pulling clear in the second half to secure a 26-21 victory.
Demons coach Neil Gowland said the win was the culmination of a collective effort and commitment from the group across the season.
“It was really good to win,” he said.
“The girls deserved to win for the season they had, it was reward for effort.”
A strong crowd of red and blue supporters turned out to watch the Demons in full flight on Saturday, with Gowland pleased the club got behind his side in the quest for a flag.
He said the noise and support was not something you see regularly at a netball match, which in turn created a great atmosphere for the decider.
“It was great to have so many supporters there from Timboon,” he said.
“We don’t normally get a crowd to the netball.”
Nirranda started the game the better of the two sides in the opening term and established an 8-6 lead at quarter time.
Both sides scored five goals apiece in the second quarter with the Blues’ two goal margin still intact at half-time but Gowland said his group had to fight its way back into the match.
“They (Nirranda) got out to a five or six goal lead halfway through the second quarter,” he said.
“But the girls fought back and got some momentum heading into the second half.”
That momentum saw the Demons level the scores early in the third quarter, before they finally pushed ahead before three quarter time.
With a two goal advantage at the last change, the game was there for the Demons’ taking.
They outscored the Blues 6-3 in the final period, with the five goal triumph sparking celebrations at the final whistle.
Bethany Errey was awarded best on court by the umpires following the match, with Gowland praising his skipper for her game against the Blues.
“Bethany Errey was judged best on court,” he said.
“She played goal defence and was rock solid for the whole game.
“She’s our captain and played with a level head and kept everyone calm.”
Lilly Hose and Danica Clough were also named in the best players with Gowland pleased with their performances.
He said Hose added “energy and enthusiasm” at wing defence in the second half, while Clough was “really good” at wing defence and then centre, but reserved praise for his entire squad.
He said the girls were “ecstatic” with their victory and “celebrated as such on Saturday night”.
“The whole team played their role and deserved the win,” he said.