This afternoon at University of Tasmania Stadium (York Park), a changing of the guard of will occur in Tasmanian women’s football.
After a run of Clarence and Burnie premierships since 2011, it will now either be Launceston or Glenorchy that takes out the flag when they meet in the TSLW Grand Final at 1.15pm (AEST).
For the Magpies, this will be their first women’s Grand Final appearance ever, with a convoy of fans in cars and buses heading up from the south of the state to see if they can achieve the ultimate glory at their first attempt.
Glenorchy captain Sandy Eaton said the key to their season and finals performance has due been the consistent performances from a number of their players.
“Nietta Lynch and Thomasa Corrie, they’re probably two of our really strong performers,” Eaton said.
“Brieanna Barwick and Elise Barwick, the cousins have absolutely been dominating through the midfield.
“Between those four players, and obviously the Rattenburys up forward kicking us a few goals, it’s been a really good team performance [this year].”
For the Blues, they have the advantage of being the home team, not having to travel and keeping a routine they are used to, in their attempt to win their first flag since 2010.
Launceston assistant coach and midfielder, Angela Dickson, says a number of her players have hit the right form at the right time.
“We’ve got five or six girls really [hitting the right form]… and a number going away to the AFLW combine,” Dickson said.
“We’ve got Daria Bannister, and Georgia Hill, and Courtney Webb, who’ve been training hard.
“And we’ve got those who are new to the team this year with Naomi Celebre, and our ruck Abbey Green, and Meg Sinclair, who are our game changers.
“We’ve got a good spread of players, everybody knows their role and are willing to play their role, so while we’ve got a good solid base, we’re going to need everybody to contribute to win.”
Although the Blues have the wood on the Magpies, winning all three of their encounters this year, the arriving winning margin between the side is only one goal, with the biggest win being 10 points back in round 10.
Launceston finished the season with a 10-2 record and second place on the ladder, behind Clarence only on percentage, knocking off the Roos in the major Semi-Final to make the big dance.
Glenorchy finished the home and way season in third with a 7-5 record, defeating the reigning premiers Burnie in the minor Semi-Final before overcoming Clarence in the Preliminary Final.
To watch the Tasmanian State League Women’s grand final, click on the below link to watch from 1.15pm (AEST), or listen in Launceston (or tune in online) via City Park Radio 103.7 FM.
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