The Latrobe Cricket Club ended the four-year dominance of Wynyard in the Crowe Horwath Cricket North West Female Competition to claim its first premiership crown with a nine-run victory on Sunday.
Latrobe Captain Esther Magor said it was an amazing feeling to finally win a premiership and believed it had been a great journey for her team, taking out the first of Cricket North West’s end-of-season premierships.
"It is a really special feeling, we have worked really hard for it over the last few years, we have been improving and we finally got it,” Magor said.
“It has been a particularly good season since we started against Wynyard and we knew it was going to be tough, but we did it.”
Latrobe complied 7-97 from its 20 overs thanks to 31 late innings runs from Player of the Match Georgia Foote.
It then restricted the chasing Wynyard to 9-88 from its 20 overs despite a well compiled 28 from Sam Cotton.
Latrobe’s bowling efforts were led by Magor, Foote and Zoe Sharman with two wickets each, as Steph Shaw and Cotton collected two wickets each for Wynyard.
Magor said the game was very tight and the closeness of the contest created some nerves amongst the Demons in the field.
“There were a few nerves, especially early on when we started giving away runs in the field with overthrows and not backing up,’’ she said.
“We were a little bit under pressure, but it is just about the positive attitude where we work hard together and it was great to pull it all together again.”
Given the youthful nature of the Demons, Magor said the celebrations will enable spending more quality time together.
“We haven’t really talked about a plan, but I imagine we will stay at the club-rooms and celebrate a bit and I’m not exactly sure what it will involve.”
Wynyard Captain Kahla Summers said the result was disappointing considering the closeness of the match, but commended Latrobe for its level of play.
“I thought we were in control of the match until Georgia got some late runs and maybe 20 runs we didn’t need to give them,” Summers said.
“We knew they had good bowlers and we only had one good partnership with Cherie (Hawkins) and Sam (Cotton) and didn’t build enough momentum through the innings.
“But credit to them, they are a very good team and they are only going to get better with players to come back.”
It was Latrobe’s third Grand Final appearance after recording losses to Wynyard in 2015/16 and to Ulverstone in 2011/12.
The team also qualified for the 2017/18 Kookaburra Female Greater Northern Cup Grand Final in what was an outstanding season for the Demons.
Story and team photo courtesy Jarryd McGuane, The Advocate Newspaper with Nathan Dennis, Regional Administrator (North West), Cricket Tasmania.