SPORT: SUN­BURY CLAIMS FCL WOMEN’S TI­TLE

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - GOOD MORNING FRASER COAST -

FOOT­BALL: It is al­ways the most un­likely of pre­mier­ship vic­to­ries that re­main the most mem­o­rable.

Sun­bury’s path to the Fraser Coast League Divi­sion 1 Ladies ti­tle was more than un­likely. Be­fore the fi­nals, there would be very few fans of other clubs who would ex­pect the side to lift the tro­phy.

The Blues had not beaten any of the top three teams – United War­riors, Bay­side Strik­ers and Ti­nana – dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Sun­bury took on United first, and it is there the “Blue Wall” first made an ap­pear­ance.

The Blues had con­ceded 45 goals in its 20 reg­u­lar sea­son games, a rate of 2.25 per game. A mas­sive 88.89% of those (40 goals) came from top three teams, a rate of 3.33 per game. But the Blues al­ways be­lieved. A su­perb de­fen­sive ef­fort in week one of the fi­nals led Sun­bury to a 1-0 win against United at Her­vey Bay Sports Club, and they pro­duced an iden­ti­cal per­for­mance and score against Bay­side Strik­ers at Fed­er­a­tion Park Field just a week later.

Mary­bor­ough ri­vals Sun­bury and Ti­nana could not be split, nei­ther side al­low­ing a goal in 120 min­utes.

The grand fi­nal was de­cided by a penalty shootout, and when Ti­nana keeper Jes­sica Raines sent her dot shot over the cross­bar about

11.30pm on Fri­day, the field was flooded by blue and white faith­ful who never stopped be­liev­ing.

● More in to­day’s liftout.

Photo: Matthew McIn­er­ney

NUM­BER ONE: Sun­bury cel­e­brates its Fraser Coast League Divi­sion 1 Ladies pre­mier­ship.

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