SPRINGBANK has made it back-to-back Central Highlands Netball League A grade titles, holding on by just one goal over a determined Dunnstown at the Northern Oval this afternoon.
Only one goal separated the teams in the Tigers' favour at each quarter break in a fiery match which had the whole crowd roaring in the final quarter.
While Springbank held on to win and become the 2013 premiers and champions, coach Garth Kydd said he expected Dunnstown to come out firing.
"I've said all along they were the dark horse of the competition, " a relieved Kydd said after the game.
Springbank finished with three wins out of five chances for the day, with B grade beating Bungaree 31 to 27, and the under-15 team also finishing premiers and champions with a nail-biting one goal win over Skipton, 24 to 23.
In other games, Gordon defeated Buninyong in the 13 and under final 20 to 16, Bungaree beat Springbank in the 17 and under game 34 to 19 and Hepburn triumphed over Springbank in C grade, 29 to 18.
Best on courts also produced a few among losing teams, with Skipton's Amy Lodge taking out the 15 and under award, Bungaree defender and B grade league best and fairest Kelly Howard winning the B grade award and Dunnstown centre Johanna Dash receiving the A grade title.
Other best on courts went to Gordon's Jaye Dalgleish (13 and under), Bungaree goaler Kathryn O'Dwyer (17 and under) and Hepburn's Tania Grant (C grade).