Waroona’s netball squad capped off a stunning 2018 season with a second consecutive premiership on Saturday, thanks to a 14-point win over Pinjarra.
But while the on-court performance would tell you an opportunistic defence and a dominant goal-shooter buoyed the Demons to back-to-back flags, coach Daniel Cools pointed to the club’s off-court culture as a key instigator in their success.
In a year where Waroona – a perennial powerhouse – has struggled on the footy field, the netball side’s success has kept the club’s hunger for silverware satisfied.
But Cools, who has been coaching the squad since the Peel Football and Netball League merger in 2015, credited the attitude behind the entire club for his team’s second straight title.
“I think our entire club, whether you’re a netballer or a footballer, supports each other,” he said.
“That leads us to some pretty strong results and to get that win on Saturday and bring home another trophy for the clubrooms was really special for us.
“It’s something for the club to be proud of in a year where the footy results haven’t really gone our way, and we’re very happy to still be bringing the club that success.
“The way the girls played did the whole club proud.”
Waroona was forced to tussle with a persistent Pinjarra outfit in the opening quarter, and went into the first break up by just three points.
But it was all Demons from there, as an outstanding performance from goal-shooter Donnelle Wallam (61 goals) led her to the MVP trophy and spurred her team to a stunning 65-51 victory.
It’s a win that seals the deal on an outstanding year for Waroona, who dropped just two games on the regular season before an undefeated playoffs run.
Team chemistry played the biggest role in their wins across the year, according to Cools, who said the premiership was reward for effort from the playing group.
“Most of the girls we have in our team have been playing together for a while, and you can tell that when you watch them play,” he said.
“They all know each other pretty well, and they know what they like to do in games, which allows us to just go out there and play the way we like to play.
“We never really worry about what other teams are doing because we’re confident in our game plan, which I think goes a long way to getting wins.”
The Demons now head into the off-season as premiers, and will look to make it a three-peat when they return next season.