Saints primed for his­toric fi­nals

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Horsham Saints - BY SARAH SCULLY

Hor­sham Saints will look to write their name into the his­tory books when they meet Hamil­ton in the in­au­gu­ral Deakin Univer­sity Fe­male Foot­ball League grand fi­nal on Sun­day.

Coach Matt Tay­lor said his charges were primed for the de­cider against the com­pe­ti­tion’s mi­nor pre­mier.

“We have the best side at our dis­posal that we’ve had all year,” he said.

“To get that type of side for the grand fi­nal, with ev­ery­one avail­able, is like win­ning the lottery.

“We are quite strong across all lines, par­tic­u­larly in the mid­field, where we have lots of op­tions for ro­ta­tions.”

Tay­lor said Greater Western Vic­to­ria Rebel and Vic Coun­try un­der-18 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rene Caris was avail­able for the clash and would look to give her side first use of the ball from the ruck.

The team will also look to Coco Ledgar and Tara Jasper to lead the way.

“Coco won’t like me say­ing it, but she would be in the top three or four play­ers in the league,” Tay­lor said.

“She and Tara have been the stand­outs all sea­son.

“We’re also for­tu­nate to have Aily and Jordie Mcauliffe, who are new to the club this year, and have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in team sports in­clud­ing net­ball and bas­ket­ball.

“The stage is set for our lead­ers to step up and show the way.”

Both the Saints and Kan­ga­roos claimed six wins from seven games through­out the sea­son.

Hamil­ton fin­ished on top of the home-and-away lad­der on per­cent­age.

The sides first met in a prac­tice match be­fore the sea­son started and went head-to-head in round five ear­lier this month.

“We beat them pretty eas­ily in the prac­tice match, but as I told the girls, that means noth­ing,” Tay­lor said.

“We were both pretty green then. Our match a few weeks ago was a very close game. We lost by five points in a low-scor­ing game.

“I’m ex­pect­ing an­other close one on Sun­day.”

Tay­lor said his charges were up and about at train­ing on Mon­day night.

“Our fo­cus this week is to make plenty of noise,” he said.

“I want them to be loud and pos­i­tive the whole time. If some­thing doesn’t go our way I want them to shake it off and keep go­ing.

“The girls won the game they need- ed to win to make the grand fi­nal, so more than any­thing, Sun­day is a cel­e­bra­tion of how far we have come from our first train­ing ses­sion back in March with seven or eight girls.

“Ev­ery cou­ple of weeks we picked up new play­ers to cre­ate the team we have today, and now we’re in the grand fi­nal.”

HOT TIPS: Moana Hope, sec­ond from left, gives Hor­sham Saints play­ers Kayet­lan Har­ris, Bree Nether­way, Katie Mor­ris and Ella Caris some tips be­fore the girls take on Hamil­ton in a Deakin Univer­sity Fe­male Foot­ball League grand fi­nal. Pic­ture: PAUL...

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