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Horsham Saints netballers still celebrating after A Grade premiership triumph

WE’RE THERE! Horsham Saints players rush to embrace each other and Saints supporters on the sidelines erupt in celebration as the final whistle sounds in Wimmera Netball Association’s A Grade grand final at Dimboola. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

WE’RE THERE! Horsham Saints players rush to embrace each other and Saints supporters on the sidelines erupt in celebration as the final whistle sounds in Wimmera Netball Association’s A Grade grand final at Dimboola. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
Horsham Saints A Grade coaches and players are still trying to piece together the circumstances that led to a fairytale come-from-behind premiership win.
Joint coach Shannon Reinheimer said the 48-47 Wimmera Netball Association win against Minyip-Murtoa was finally starting to sink in – but remained puzzled at how it all unfolded.
“I’m so proud of the whole team in pegging back the margin little by little,” she said.
“I don’t really know how it all happened. We were 11 goals down at one stage.
“I remember looking up and seeing an eight-goal deficit and looking again and we were level-pegging.”
The netball court at Dimboola Recreation Reserve erupted into a noisy celebration of red, white and black when umpires called time in the A Grade final on Saturday.
The spectator noise level rose considerably as the game unfolded and Saints clawed their way into premiership contention.
Minyip-Murtoa jumped out of the blocks and established a 19-9 quarter-time lead and maintained the advantage 28-20 at half time with shooter Kirby Knight combining well with Maddison Morgan.
Paula Wiedermann had also set herself for a big game from defence.
Joint coach Jess Cannane then came off at the main break to allow Ash Hobbs to introduce fresh legs at wing defence and the balance in the game shifted.
“It was a tough decision at the time but we needed to change something up. And it seemed to fall into place,” Reinheimer said.
Minyip-Murtoa also swung changes at half time but it was the Saints who seized the initiative and came roaring back into the game.

SAINTS’ BEST: Minyip-Murtoa’s Paula Wiedermann and Saints’ Maggie Caris jostle for position in the Wimmera Netball Association grand final at the weekend. Fourteen-year-old Caris proved the ultimate difference between the teams and won best-on-court accolades. She scored 44 of the Saints’ 48 goals. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SAINTS’ BEST: Minyip-Murtoa’s Paula Wiedermann and Saints’ Maggie Caris jostle for position in the Wimmera Netball Association grand final at the weekend. Fourteen-year-old Caris proved the ultimate difference between the teams and won best-on-court accolades. She scored 44 of the Saints’ 48 goals. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

It was 14-year-old Saints shooter Maggie Caris who proved the ultimate difference between the teams and won best-on-court accolades.
The youngster hit her straps as the game lifted in intensity, shooting 15 goals without a miss under the ring in the third term and ultimately scoring 44 of the Saints’ 48 goals.
A late injury to Burras star defender Stefanie Cooper also helped jimmy the door open for the Saints.
In a fever-pitched final term, Horsham Saints hit the front in the last 30 seconds and a critical contact gave them possession.
“It was then a case of keepings off until the whistle. As a team, we’ve watched a video of that last quarter about 10 times,” Reinheimer said.
The win represented an amazing result for the Saints, who lost their first five home-and-away games and came from fourth position on the ladder to win the flag.
“Never in a million years did I think we could win the grand final this year,” Reinheimer said.
“We had lost to every club except Stawell and Ararat and towards the end of the season we couldn’t afford to drop any games.
“We were lucky to get Rene Caris in the side due to other players going overseas and with a sense of having nothing to lose the whole team started to gel.
“When we beat Horsham in the preliminary final we celebrated like we had won the grand final. Beating Horsham was an amazing achievement in itself.
“But in the grand final the crowd was amazing.
“I usually don’t notice but I had a quick look at one stage and thought ‘holy moly’.
“The cheering certainly boosted our spirits and kept us going.
“To come from seventh on the ladder was just phenomenal and apart from everyone simply having a dip, it still all seems somewhat of a mystery.”
Grand final results: A Grade, Horsham Saints d Minyip-Murtoa 48-47; B Grade, Ararat d Warrack Eagles 58-32; C Grade, Minyip-Murtoa d Horsham Saints 32-20; 17 and under, Horsham d Horsham Saints 55-28; 15 and under, Ararat d Horsham 34-29; 13 and under, Horsham d Stawell 48-26.

RELATED: All our netball photos from grand final day

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