Kyabram had its sights on more than a premiership this season, as its desperation to stay undefeated increased with every week it won.
Yesterday the Bombers justified its unbeaten year with a premiership as the remarkable team went back-to-back.
Playing-coach Belinda Lees was delighted with the three-goal victory against Shepparton United.
‘‘No-one deserves to win, but we certainly wanted to make sure we didn’t falter at the final hurdle, I’m just really proud of the girls, they did a great job,’’ she said.
‘‘But credit to United, they didn’t go away, they kept staying with us and that will set them in great stead going forward.
As Kyabram boasted an average winning margin of 29 goals during the regular season, the side has thrived in September.
First it was challenged by Shepparton under lights in the qualifying final, before the Demons built a lead of 10 goals in the semi-final prior to the Bombers fighting back to victory.
Lees said watching her side grind out wins under pressure showed the extent of what the team could produce.
‘‘We don’t like winning by 20 goals, the last three games we’ve played have been great,’’ she said.
‘‘They’ve taught us the most and taught us how good we are, how good we are as a team, our integrity on court, that we can be challenged and rise above it.
‘‘I’m just so proud of them, it’s a privilege to coach them, it’s a privilege to play with them.’’
But it is away from games and trainings that Lees said she believed each individual’s diligence turned the side into the benchmark team in the competition.
‘‘You don’t win a grand final training on a Thursday night, it’s what you do away from it that’s really important,’’ she said.
‘‘We work really hard to have such a united group that works so hard away from the court to perform on it.
‘‘There are always challenges, there’s injury, there’s drama, there are things that go on, but at the end of the day it’s what happens on the court and staying together and fulfilling our goals with those little steps along the way that make sure we get the ultimate goal.’’