WARRNAMBOOL capped a perfect division two women’s campaign with victory in the grand final yesterday.
Nanjing Night Net

The South West Pirates sailed through the seaside tournament fixture undefeated, outclassing Bendigo Academy of Sport in straight sets in the decider.

Pirates captain Colby Greene said Warrnambool’s depth was the key to the sparkling long weekend run.

“We had a really good, consistent team,” she said.

“We had a strong bench. When we made changes it didn’t make a huge difference.” It was standing-room only in the lower-grade final, with support heavily in the home side’s favour.

The Pirates raced out of the blocks to snaffle the first two sets convincingly 25-15 and 25-12.

Bendigo finally found some form in the third set, sprinting ahead to 11-8 and 15-11.

But the resurgent Pirates clawed back to trail 16-15, when the visitor called a time out.

Scores levelled at 16-16, 18-18 and 19-19 before the Warrnambool crew cruised to 24-20. An overshot Bendigo serve sealed the match for the Pirates.

Greene, who served with accuracy and force, praised youngsters Nikita Hallowell, Alex Taylor and Hannah McDonald.

“We expected it to be a tough game (and) we had three young players who really stepped up,” she said.

The team also comprised Suzi Fish, Pam Lenehan, Cheryl Hilliam, Glenda Hussey and Philippa Hannagan.

Greene was runner-up in the division’s most-valuable-player count behind Lakes’ Kirsty Telfer.

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