Lionesses ready to tackle the big cats
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.