YCW put an end to two years of heartache with a three-goal Loddon Valley A-grade netball grand final triumph over Mitiamo on Saturday.
The Eagles exacted revenge on Mitiamo for last year’s grand final defeat in a hard-fought 33-30 victory at Marong.
It was YCW’s fourth premiership in the past six years, but first since 2010.
Bridgewater upset the Eagles in the 2011 decider.
“I’m just over the moon that we won,” first-year YCW coach Cara Bastian said.
“We were pretty heartbroken last year to be defeated and I’m really, really proud of the girls.”
Saturday’s triumph saw YCW cap an undefeated season, although Mitiamo’s gutsy performance threatened a big upset.
Momentum swung both ways in another classic between the rivals.
The Superoos settled best after a nervous start.
Captain and star goaler Laura Spence led from the front to put the Roos up 5-3.
But Bastian’s accuracy shot the Eagles ahead 8-6 at quarter time.
The tall goaler capitalised on some clever feeding into the ring to score all YCW’s 18 goals to half-time, as the Eagles extended their lead to three.
YCW’s league best-and-fairest Leisa Barry caused havoc from wing-attack in combination with Jessica Moroni and wing-defence Jarni Hansen.
Mitiamo charged in the third term and quickly swept to a 21-19 lead.
Miti’s defenders Tahnee Cannon and Jayne Norton were like a brick wall and Spence was on fire in Mitiamo’s attack.
Again the momentum swung. YCW’s mid-court got back on top and the Eagles restored their lead, 25-22, at the final change.
The final quarter was an arm-wrestle. Mitiamo closed to within a goal twice, but YCW kept its composure to reclaim the A-grade crown.
“Miti are strong competition, they did well, they rallied hard,” Bastian said.
“But congratulations to the girls (we) won.”
YCW’s Jarni Hansen won the best player medal.
Bastian finished with 30 goals for the Eagles, while Spence scored 25 goals for the Superoos.
YCW’s win made it a quinella in the A and B-grade competitions for the Eagles.
YCW’s B-grade won its grand final 43-38 against Calivil United.
YCW’s experienced mid-courter Christie Griffiths was named best player.
Calivil had earlier won the C-grade title in a thriller.United triumphed 45-43 against Bridgewater, with wing-attack Haylea Lea named best player.
Inglewood outclassed Mitiamo 45-29 in the C-reserve grand final.
Inglewood’s goal-shooter Dianne Wagman was best player.
Pyramid Hill took out the 17s title with a 41-32 victory against Marong. The Hill’s Jamie Dingwall was best player.
Calivil’s 15s trounced Mitiamo 47-25 in the grand final. United’s goal defence Skye Conder was the best player in the dominant win.