Laura Cole was on fire from the first centre break at Deakin Reserve on Sunday.
The 15-year-old intercepted Echuca’s initial pass of the 17-and-under Goulburn Valley League netball grand final, setting the tone for her teammates for the remainder of the contest.
“I knew that I wanted to be ready to go from the first whistle and that first intercept sort of got me going, got everyone else going and we just went from there,” Cole said.
Prowling the defensive end of the court, Cole was the key factor in keeping the Murray Bombers to 13 goals in Shepparton United’s dominant premiership victory, and was rightfully handed the Most Valuable Player medal after the match.
“Honestly I couldn’t have done it without my goal keeper Olivia Kirby, we’ve been playing together all season and that’s one of our goals is to keep them with limited goals,” she said.
“I couldn’t have done it without her.”
It capped a brilliant year for the Demons, who went through the entire season without dropping a game.
“We all gelled really well together, we did like team bonding activities and we’re such great friends on and off the court and I think that’s what makes us work so well together,” Cole said.
With so many people behind the scenes at the Demons, Cole had plenty of people to thank after the game.
“Obviously I’d just like to thank my coaches, I couldn’t have done it without them and they’ve just given us so much support and stuff throughout the season,” she said.
“I’d also like to thank my parents and family as well for all of their support.”
The rising star already has GVL interleague and A-grade experience under her belt, and her future in the game looks bright.
But for now, Cole will just bask in the spoils of a job well done.
“It’s amazing, I can’t believe it, like we’ve been working towards this all season and it’s just so good that it’s finally happened.”