FEDERAL might have staked a claim as the most successful club in Australian netball after winning its 10th successive Upper Murray A-grade premiership at Tumbarumba on Saturday.
The Swans bounced back from three losses against Bullioh during the season to win 42-35 and write another chapter into the club’s rich history.
Coach Chrissie McKimmie, who has played in all 10 flags, was still coming to terms with the win yesterday.
“We knew we could do it,” McKimmie said.
“The girls were great.
“I’m not sure if it’s a record or not.
“Someone last year said they rang the Victorian Netball Association and asked if anyone had won nine before and they were told they didn’t know so it’s good to win another one.”
After missing a large chunk of the season with broken ribs, shooter Sally Walker returned for Federal’s opening final against Bullioh where the Swans went down by two goals.
The team continued to improve on that performance with McKimmie saying the side had timed its run to perfection.
“Having Sal back really helped,” she said.
“We changed around a few things from that first semi and came back and did it.”
Federal, who led the grand final from start to finish, has four players over 40 with McKimmie unsure if the team will stick together in a bid to extend its winning run next year.
“I’m not sure,” she said.
“We will enjoy this first.”