TC United dig deep for first title glory
TC United confirmed it is a club with a bright future after winning its first Ipswich vigoro premiership in only its third season together.
Formed from previous clubs Tangaloomas and City Slickers, TC United steadily built up to Saturday's grand final, being minor premiers this season.
TC players and supporters savoured their latest success, beating Sports outright at the East Ipswich grounds.
"It's fantastic," captain Simone Harding said of what it means for TC United.
"We've only been around a few years. We have made the final each year but it's the first premiership for the club."
However, Harding conceded TC United had some nerves after losing the toss and being asked to bat.
"That's probably not our preferred way starting a game," she said.
However, a personal best 90 from consistent opener Jodie Spall launched TC United to a commanding 9-180 (declared) total.
"What a platform to work with," Harding said. "It was absolutely brilliant."
In the hot conditions, Sports replied with 62, being forced to bat again.
"Having to follow on in the field was a difficult challenge for us," Harding said.
"I think it did take toll a little bit but we dug deep and we really wanted it on the day."
TC United scored the 11 runs needed for victory after dismissing Sports a second time for 126.
Anne Marie Hermann took a double hat-trick (four wickets in a row) in the first innings.
Sports' best batter was Kirsten Ihle with 31 not out.
Harding said beating Sports completed a fine season where TC United also won the minor premiership by half a point over defending premiers Wildcats.
"Sports are certainly not a team that you take lightly," she said.
"They are an awesome team to play.
"My team enjoyed ourselves out there.
"I'm a very proud captain. The girls have played an awesome season."
Occasionals won the Division 2 grand final, beating TC United in the earlier game.
Occasionals scored 101 and 41, dismissing TC United for 47 and 89.
Occasionals batter Nicole McDonald made 47 and 31 not out.
McDonald also effected three run outs to go with her five wickets.
Lynne Barnes took 4-33 and made three run outs over the two innings.