GRAND FINAL READY: Bambill captain Donica Foster and Werrimull captain Jemma Johnson ahead of tomorrow’s Sunraysia Women’s Football League grand final. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By Mitch Rodd
BAMBILL will aim to square the ledger with Werrimull in tomorrow’s Sunraysia Women’s Football League (SWFL) grand final.
The Magpies are the reigning premiers and have earned the title of hot favourites for back-to-back flags.
The Saints, however, are determined not to feel the hurt again as they did a year ago.
Bambill captain and 2017 league best and fairest, Donica Foster, PICTURED LEFT, said the side had improved as the year progressed.
“We’ve put everything into it this year,” she said.
“It really hurt losing last year’s grand final so hopefully we’ll go one better this season.
“A few of the girls have stepped up in our midfield group and we’ve improved as the year has gone on.”
After coming third in the inaugural league count in 2016, Donica won this year’s award through her brilliance in the ruck.
“I love being in the ruck. It’s one of the toughest positions on your body but I enjoy being in the thick of the action,” she said.
“After coming third last year it was a goal that I set myself, more so to ensure the consistency was in my game.”
Bambill will need to play giant killers if they are to get their hands on the trophy, and the Magpies are yet to taste defeat in 2017.
Werrimull have won all four match-ups between the sides this year, and will be full of confidence after their huge 74 point win in the semi-final two weeks ago.
Captain and SWFL leading goal-kicker, Jemma Johnson, PICTURED RIGHT, said back-to-back flags in the first two seasons of SWFL would be a nice reward for Werrimull.
“We’ve worked exceptionally hard this year and we’ve really committed to it,” she said.
“There have been a lot of sore bodies this year. We probably needed last week but we would have liked to have kept playing.”
Jemma said Bambill’s strength lies in their on-ball division, led by Donica and Sam Bice.
“Their fast breaks out of the centre are an area we’ll have to keep an eye on,” she said.
“Our back line, though, has been good. We’ve had a couple of new additions down there who have done their job. That has allowed ‘Loz’ (Lorriane Lowerson) to move up the ground further.”
The SWFL grand final begins tomorrow at 1pm at Lake Cullulleraine.