Run­ner-up for Val­leys Ladies

Play­ers fight hard in grand fi­nal

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

LAST Satur­day the Val­leys Ladies com­peted in the grand fi­nal of the Glad­stone Women’s Di­vi­sion 2017 foot­ball sea­son.

While there was no magpie to swoop the ladies this time, the game was still un­re­lent­ing.

Hot weather cou­pled with tough com­pe­ti­tion saw the teams go into half­time with no goals scored.

A num­ber of in­juries oc­curred as the Glad­stone Me­te­ors played rough and three Val­leys play­ers were car­ried off the field.

The sec­ond half brought more ac­tion but tired­ness set in.

Half­way through the sec­ond half the Me­te­ors were able to score and this was fol­lowed by another goal a few min­utes later.

Val­leys had a few great shots but just couldn’t find the back of the net and the game ended in a 2-0 win to Me­te­ors.

De­spite the loss, the Val­leys ladies put in their best ef­fort and gave the game the best they could which was shown through the Player of the Match.

“Player of the Match was Val­leys keeper Shan­non Spratt who player an ab­so­lutely crack­ing game, stop­ping many good shots from Me­te­ors,” Val­leys coach and player Melissa Kum­merow said.

This year was Melissa’s first year coach­ing and she said she couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter one.

“I had no idea we would fin­ish in the top four let alone be in the grand fi­nal,” she said.

“Brett Lee laid the ground­work coach­ing in pre­vi­ous sea­sons, help­ing build up the team.

“And hav­ing some ju­niors come through last year and this year gave us some ex­tra speed and pres­ence on the field.’’

Melissa said she couldn’t be prouder of the play­ers.

“Just be­ing there was an amaz­ing achieve­ment,” she said.

“I’m proud of the en­tire team, and ap­pre­ci­ate the help of our man­ager Ray Nev­ell.

“It was an hon­our to rep­re­sent the Val­leys fam­ily at a grand fi­nal.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FIERCE EF­FORT: Biloela Val­leys’ Ladies af­ter the grand fi­nal game on Satur­day.

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