Ballarat Grammar won its first-ever Netball Victoria state school championship, coming out on top in a thrilling final.
Grammar has been playing in the competition for about 10 years and its previous best effort was last year’s fourth place.
After qualifying through July and August it topped its group after five matches. Grammar then met Wesley College in the semi-final, where it won a nail-bited by a goal.
The same could be said for the grand final against Caulfield College. Scores were level at half-time before Grammar skipped out to a slim lead. With 15 seconds remaining Grammar led by a goal and had the centre, Caulfield were able to create an intercept but there was not enough time to score.
Coach Katie Williams was stoked to be a part of such a milestone victory for the school.
“It’s still hard to believe it happened,” Williams said.
“We’ve been strong across the year levels for a while now.
“We’ve just developed that culture over the last five or six years.
“We’ve got some really strong players and they put it all together on the day which is so important.”
Williams was hopeful of building on the success given it will retain six players for next year, while five of the year 12s ended their school netball on a high.
Grammar’s junior team also played-off in the state competition, registering a top eight finish while the intermediate team did not qualify.