WARRACKNABEAL is a fair distance from Mitiamo, but that's the path taken by three now Superoos premiership netballers.
Mitiamo's A and B-grade Loddon Valley league flag wins, both against Newbridge, featured big performances from three players, who started their careers with Wimmera league club Warrack Eagles.
Lucy Morcom and Kiani Stewart were keys at opposite ends of the court in the Superoos' first A-grade flag win since 2012, while Cleo Lindsay was one of the stars in a seven-goal B-grade win.
The flag wins capped a remarkable season for all three players, especially Morcom, who in her second season at Mitiamo finished runner-up in this year's league medal count behind Calivil United star Christie Rogers, and was best on court for the Loddon Valley inter-league team against Horsham District earlier in the year.
One-half of Mitiamo's twin towers in the goal ring, alongside three-time league best and fairest and Saturday's best on court medal winner Laura Hicks, Morcom was surprisingly critical of her individual game.
"I wasn't very accurate today, but I was lucky to have Laura there to rebound," said Morcom, who still managed 30 goals, alongside Hicks' 28, including 19 in the middle two quarters as the Superoos worked their way back from quarter and half-time deficits.
"It didn't matter too much, our defenders won plenty of the ball back for us.
"Laura is an amazing player. Her defence and her shooting and her driving are all first-class. She is just a legend."
That three players from the one tight-knit country community landed at the same football-netball club is no surprise, as Morcom explained.
"I dragged Cleo out, who is another Warrack Eagles girl, and she dragged Kiani out," she said.
"(The premierships) make it worth it."
The A-grade girls were made to fight every inch of the way, with Newbridge fast out of the blocks to lead by six goals at quarter-time, before the Superoos gradually edged their way to the front during the third quarter on their way to a 58-51 victory.
Lindsay's B-grade triumph followed a similar pattern, with the Superoos bouncing back from a five-goal half-time deficit to win 41-34.
When asked, the A-grade premiership team-mates were keen to talk up each other's contribution and importance to the team.
"Kiani is a Warrack Eagles legend, who has come to Mitiamo and made herself a Mitiamo legend," said Morcom about Stewart, who played all four quarters of the grand final at goal keeper, opposed to Maroons sharp-shooter Jane Reid.
"She was awesome in defence and is tenacious in getting the ball back for us again and again.
"We wouldn't have done it without her."
Stewart praised her older team-mate's versatility
"Obviously she started the season in defence, but she has been able to swap into goals and play amazingly," she said.
"She's got a lot of tricks up here sleeve and shoots incredibly.
"Her ability to bring herself into the game and her work around the goals with Laura is incredible.
Stewart, who moved to Bendigo a couple of years ago to study physiotherapy at La Trobe University, spoke glowingly of her association with the Superoos.
"Mitiamo is a great family club - it's a bit like Warracknabeal - they work real hard on including you and making you feel welcome,"
"That's what our whole season has been about, team-work and togetherness."
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