Lionesses ready to roar
THE Coffs Lionesses are raring to go.
They are primed for a big match with Boambee this evening hoping to round off a fantastic season in style.
Keeper Sally Keeler said the girls were ready for what should be a great game.
"We are really happy with the way the season has gone for us again this year, we have only lost two games and they were both to Corindi so we are full of confidence," she said.
"The weekend off helped us freshen up, shake off a few niggling injuries and gave us the chance to get out and watch the other teams play. We have a really young side so we have done extremely well to achieve all that we have so far."
In their previous matches against Saturdays opponents this season the Lionesses have won one and drawn one, with the most recent game being the draw.
With very little appearing to be between the teams the Coffs outfit are still fairly confident of achieving success.
"We have a pretty good chance in the final. We are the Minor Premiers, were the top team throughout the whole season and we have been training really hard for this game so we are very confident," Keeler said.
"We will not underestimate Boambee though, we know how good they can be and they have gained a lot of big game experience over the last few seasons so it should be tough."
Who does Keeler see as the key players for both sides in the final?
"For Boambee we have to watch Bub and Jordo really closely as well as their strikers. We don't really have any key players in our side, we have lots of skilfull, athletic girls who are versatile and all play for each other as a team." she said.
With such a big weekend coming up success in the Grand Final would mean a great deal to the Coffs club as a whole.
"We have won four minor premierships as a club so far, and to round off the season by winning all four Grand Finals would be brilliant for everyone connected with the club," Keeler said.
n BOAMBEE player Amanda Jordan is very excited and optimistic about the Grand Final this evening.
Her team has come a long way since the start of the season.
Then they only had eight players and were a club in decline.
"We started the year with only eight players so to get as far as we have is amazing," she said.
"At the end of the first round of matches we were second last on the competition ladder and in real trouble, but then we got a lot of U16 players join the club and we have improved out of sight since."
To go on to finish fourth and secure a spot in the semis is a major achievement in itself, but to then go on and make it to the Grand Final is unbelievable.
And now that they have the winning feeling in their team they may be pretty hard to stop.
"Coffs would have to be favourites due to the quality of their side throughout the year," Jordan said.
"They have been the form team all season so really all the pressure and expectation is on them, we have nothing to lose.
"But we have the benefit of momentum on our side.
"Not having the week off was just what we needed because winning last week did huge amounts for our continuity as a team and our confidence in big matches."
Having played against the Lionesses twice already this year who does she think would be the players to watch in the Coffs line up?
"We really have to watch all of them, not any one player in particular," she said.
"They are a very strong team all over the park with a good mix of youth and experience, they are capable of producing something form anywhere."
What about players from the Eagles team?
"We are similar in make up to Coffs as we also have a good blend of youth and experience, so we have to go out there and play our own game and enjoy it," she said.
Overall Jordan was thrilled with having the opportunity of playing in a Grand Final and having the chance to pay back the faith shown in the girls by the club.
"This club has been the most supportive of women's soccer of any club I have known so it would be a big plus for them if we could win it and a great way for us to pay them back," she said.