Lionesses ready to tackle the big cats

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - HARV-BRUNS-LESCH’S FINALS CAMPAIGN - Mitchell Woodcock

AF­TER a mixed sea­son, Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault women’s team will be hop­ing to find some con­sis­tency and win the in­au­gu­ral South West Foot­ball League women’s pre­mier­ship.

The Lions will take on South Bun­bury at the Col­lie Re­cre­ation Ground this Sun­day in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

It has been more than a month since the Lions last played, with their last per­for­mance not go­ing their way when Bun­bury handed them a 94-point thump­ing.

Lions coach Laura Relph said the team had been train­ing hard in the past five weeks to keep their form.

“We have moved it around to keep the girls in­ter­ested,” she said. “We in­cor­po­rated some dif­fer­ent peo­ple to take train­ing to do dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We stepped it up a lit­tle bit. It was based on fit­ness.

“We do fit­ness one day a week and skills and fit­ness com­bined on the other day.”

Relph said de­spite not hav­ing beaten the Tigers, she be­lieved they could up­set South Bun­bury and grab a win.

“I have con­fi­dence in my team to give their best per­for­mance,” she said. “They al­ways give their best.” Relph said her in­volve­ment with the league’s women’s team helped her scout some of the op­po­si­tion play­ers.

“It helped me re­alise how they think,” she said. “It helped on a lot of lev­els ac­tu­ally.”

The Lions will be boosted by the re­turn of Mon­tana Tate, who missed the past few games be­cause of work.

Relph also cred­ited Chalise Lange who, de­spite play­ing just four games in her life, had been one of her side’s best.

“She is a very solid player,” she said.

Relph said her side would not rely on one player.

“It is really about a team ef­fort,” she said.

Relph said Louise Bignell would once again get a tag­ging role.

“At the mo­ment I am prob­a­bly think­ing of send­ing her to Maddy Obal,” she said.

“But that could change on the day.

“At the mo­ment she is start­ing on her, but could move later.”

Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault mid­fielder Mon­tana Tate has been vi­tal to the Lions this sea­son.

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