Well at the end of the day we didn't win the flag but our Women's Firsts showed a fighting spirit to be proud of in going down in the Women's One Day Grand Final at the Junction Oval last Sunday.
It was an engrossing Final, with a first premiership at stake for either team, but Melbourne emerged the victors by 3 wickets.
After losing the toss and being put in to bat the True Blues lost Tiana Atkinson early but Emma Inglis (29) and Rhys McKenna (21) rallied and moved the score along to 51 before disaster struck. Inglis, Alana King and McKenna were all dismissed without further addition to the score.
Erica Kershaw (28) and Merinda Hale (22) batted superbly to put on a 54 for the 5th wicket and Molly Ward (25) held the tail together before eventually feathering an edge off Hayleigh Brennan at the start of the 45th over. The True Blues all out for 159.
The Demons started well with a 79 run partnership between Amy Yates (58) and Amy Vine (28) and it looked like Melbourne might run away with the match. However with the introduction of Alana King (3/14), Jaide Anthony (1/29) and Erica Kershaw (2/35) into the attack runs became harder to get and wickets started to fall.
The final overs were tense as the runs required and balls remaining drew closer together but Melbourne's tail hung on to stroke the winning runs on the second ball of the 48th over.
Congratulations to Melbourne but the True Blues showed plenty of fight, never gave up, and with such a talented young group emerging will surely enjoy premiership success in the not too distant future.