League champions keen to win grand final trophy
CHAMPIONS: They have already finished the season as league champions, but there is still some unfinished business for Tinana's Fraser Coast League Division 1 Ladies team to complete.
The Eagles finished eight points clear atop the table as decisive minor premiers, but they will not take any inflated hopes into tonight's final.
A talented Sunbury side which finished fourth on the table currently stands between Tinana and the premiership, and it's a challenge Tinana president Trevor Parry said his side would not overlook.
Tinana's players were in the crowd when Sunbury shocked the competition to best Bayside Warriors in last week's preliminary final at Federation Park Field, Maryborough, and Parry was adamant the players would be ready to stand tall when it mattered tonight.
"We had a good hit-out against Bayside two weeks ago in the semi final and we've had the week off to recover,” he said. "The preliminary final was exhillerating to watch. We have to back ourselves into that final, the girls have played amazingly well all season. They're such a tight group.”
Parry said that while the likes of goalkeeper Jessica Raines, who finished the season with one of the best defensive records in any Fraser Coast competition, received plaudits for her exceptional work at the back, he was excited to see the likes of Loretta Corfield, Danae Mackie and Brittiany Raines deliver.
"We have some really good players in defence but I don't think enough is said about the attack,” Parry said.
"Loretta comes on to play and is outstanding, Danae and Britt have been fantastic.
"As a club, we're immensely proud to reach a Division 1 grand final. It's nothing to be sneezed at. It's what we sign up for at the start of the season.”
Mackie is the team's leading goal-scorer with 14 goals, with Brylee Howlett (11), Corfield (nine) Britt Raines and Kelliann Milzewski (eight each) rounding out the top five.
Kick-off at 8.15pm.