Flag in the bag for our girls
Moonee Valley's women's team has capped off their fairytale season with a nailbiting Grand Final win.
From an inexperienced group of women and young girls - two of our young stars had to get special dispensation at the start of the season because they were below the minimum age - the group improved steadily across the season, and brought it all together on the day that counted.
We beat Grand United by two runs in the March 14 decider.
At right: Premiers - and proud to show their medals: L-R Tara Newman, Yasmin King, Sandra Verschoor, Tanya Intagliata, Sarah Ronayne, Katherine Baker, Jane Raman, Sarah Gooden, Audrey Brown and Kelsie Armstrong, with Katherine's sister.
Skipper Tanya Intagliata was the only player who had been in our last women's team a decade ago, and has been instrumental in putting the side together. Tanya played a real captain's knock in the big game with 25 invaluable runs, even though she was severely hampered by a leg injury she sustained early in her innings.
Her loud advice and instructions from the sidelines, allied with the disciplined game plan set by coach Channa DeSilva, ensured we were always thereabouts as we defended our total of 96 off the 20 overs.
The Valley girls held their nerve, and allied with the brilliant ground fielding prevented Grand United from fully utilising their strengths.
Moonee Valley previously had women's teams from 2007 to 2011 - our two youngest premiership winners weren't even born when we had our first team - but this is the first premiership for our women.
At left: With the flag at the NWMCA presentation night on April 9: Katherine Baker (left) and Tanya Intagliata.
Our strength throughout the season has been our steady progress and team-oriented performances, with a spread of players capable of posting a good score and a disciplined bowling attack.
Girls, we're proud of you!
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And here's David Baker's match report