IT was a day for red and black dominance at Saturday’s HDFNL netball grand final day at Huntly.
The perennially powerful Demons secured premierships in all four senior grades and contested five grand finals in total.
Their only blemish – which very nearly didn’t eventuate – came in the day’s opener, with Colbinabbin securing a one goal win in the under-15 premiership decider.
Captain Tanzin Myers was judged best on court for the Grasshoppers.
The win reversed a heavy semi-final loss to White Hills for the Grasshoppers.
Elmore added its name to the premiership winners’ list by going back-to-back in the 17-and-unders with a 49-42 victory against Colbinabbin.
League best and fairest Abbey Hromenko was best on court for the Bloods with a standout game in goals.
From there it was all White Hills, with the Demons defeating Mount Pleasant 38-34 in B-reserve, with Rebecca Bigham best on court, toppling North Bendigo 42-32 in the B-grade, before adding to the mix with a convincing 57-28 A-reserve win against Mount Pleasant.
The Demons’ B-grade win was the start of a successful day for coach Sarah Fern, who later added a premiership medal as a player in the club’s A-grade triumph.
The first-year coach said she was pleased to be able to cap an unbeaten season.
“North really brought it to us and we did have to dig deep, but I am very proud of the girls,” she said.
“They gave us some good games during the year, especially the first round when we only won by one (goal). We knew it was always going to be a tough match.
“The game did really turn in that third quarter and we were able to settle the nerves as the game went on.”
Fern said defender Katelyn Parry was a deserving winner of the best on court medal.
“She was runner-up in the league medal and her and Jules (Julianna Baldock) make a great duo in defence,” she said.
Fern said she looked forward to a bunch of her players pushing for promotion to A-reserve next season.
Meanwhile, a standout game from wing attack Yasmin Colley was one of the keys to the Demons’ 30 goal win in A-reserve.
A high-calibre White Hills team had other top performers in wing defence Sarah Nash, league best and fairest Alyssa Cole at goal attack, and goal shooter Shannyn Keely.