Nagambie is back on top in the Kyabram District Netball League.
Having lost against Avenel in last year’s A-grade decider, the Lakers returned to the glory of 2015.
Abby Misiti was again at the helm, although this time coaching from the sidelines, as her side played out an epic extra time finale to overcome a determined Tallygaroopna.
Both sides struggled to be separated in the opening quarter of the match as each team went goal-for-goal, playing through temperatures that exceeded 30°C.
Having had to endure 60 minutes of those conditions, the game was sent into 14 minutes of extra time as Tallygaroopna showed plenty of fight.
While the Lakers were five goals up heading into the final quarter, the Redlegs pushed on to bring the scores back level at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.
Even as the regular time clock ticked to less than a minute left, Tallygaroopna was a goal behind, before converting a quick goal to end regular time in a draw.
During the last quarter it was a wonder the players could hear each other through the combined efforts of the wind and the crowd.
With roars every time a goal was scored and strong gusts swirling across the court, both sides regrouped before returning for extra time.
But the Redlegs had given their all to ensure the match would continue, making mistakes Nagambie duly capitalised on.
Having worked on fitness all year, this shined through for the Lakers as Elizabeth Fuhrmeister made an impact in her move into centre.
Celebrating the two-goal win, Nagambie’s shooters stayed composed. despite wind sending shots astray.
Experienced goaler Bianca Willis earned best-on-court honours, as she combined with Sharni Lloyd who never tired, despite running out a large proportion of the match in goal attack.
Nagambie captain Katie Sullivan and counterpart Lisa Hueston went head-to-head in the centre for the first half as both were influential for their respective sides.
With Telford trying to keep her side fresh, she rotated her nine players during the game, as Misiti did the same, although to a lesser extent.
Nagambie’s defence barely allowed its opposition any room to move with Vikki Bester and Rachael Mundy forcing their opposition to work for each shot.
Tahlia Sidebottom and Melinda Kittlety persisted for the Redlegs as the conversion of a free shot leading into half-time had Tallygaroopna just three goals behind.
Plenty of support came from the hill at Mooroopna as Tallygaroopna’s footballers who played in the reserves and thirds games cheered on their clubmates.
However, Nagambie’s consistency to continue to perform and ride out momentum swings had the premiership cup again back in their hands.