INGLEWOOD is looking to the future after the premiership success of its 17-and-under netball team.
The young Blues capped an undefeated season under coach Vicky Tierney by defeating Bears Lagoon-Serpentine 37-25 in last Saturday's grand final.
It ended a 28-year premiership drought at the 17-and-under level.
With three previous wins during the season over the Bears, Tierney was always confident of success on grand final day.
"All they had to do was go out and play their game and I knew they could do it," she said.
"If they played their game they were always going to win."
Only three goals separated the rivals two weeks' earlier in their second semi-final encounter.
But the Blues through gun midcourter Charlotte Edlin, top defender Taylor Bellesini and accurate goaler Ella Rowe stamped their authority early in the contest and were unrelenting in their pursuit of flag success.
Only two of the premiership line-up played with the Blues last season, while five of the eight were still eligible for the club's 15-and-under side.
Most of the girls had followed their coach from the Golden City Netball Association.
"I couldn't have asked for a better team," Tierney said post-game.
Reluctant to individualise, Tierney praised the effort of Blues centre Edlin, who added a premiership to her success as the league's best and fairest.
"Charlotte's an outstanding player, she gives 110 per cent," the coach said.
"She went in (Saturday) with a bit of a hamstring problem - we just wanted her to stay on court for the whole game.
"But these girls are tough and there was no way she was ever going to come off."
Edlin divides time between netball and soccer and is one of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League women’s competition’s leading goal scorers with Eaglehawk.
Tierney is resigned to losing three of her premiership winning combination to senior ranks, but hoped the 17-and-under flag could be the catalyst for better times ahead on the Netball court for the Blues.
"Inglewood netball hasn't been that good for the last few years - to improve the club we have to start at ground level and work your way up.
"If you can take three girls up to the seniors every year who are that good, Inglewood netball has a bright future."
The Blues have been without an A-grade premiership since 1994, while their last B-grade flag was in the early 2000s.
Saturday's triumph continued a unique family premiership link to Inglewood.
Tierney's sister Pam Kelly was coach of the Blues; last 17-and -under premiership team.
This season’s premiership team: Ella Rowe, Shayna MacArtney, Maeve Hogan, Gabrielle Imms-Taylor, Charlotte Edlin, Jasmine Moore, Taylor Bellesini, Isabella Allison.