SPORT: SUNBURY CLAIMS FCL WOMEN’S TITLE
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.
NUMBER ONE: Sunbury celebrates its Fraser Coast League Division 1 Ladies premiership.