Tigers hungry for the win
FIVE-TIME premiership winners the Mackay Magpies are under serious threat from the Bakers Creek Tigers going into the 2018 AFL Mackay Senior Women's Grand Final this weekend.
The Bakers Creek team have never made it to the premiership game before, but have dominated their competition this season. A few injuries had the team facing a challenging mid-season, but the girls managed to pull it together to finish the year strongly.
Tigers coach Ian Rix said the last few wins have given the team some confidence going up against the Magpies.
"I think it will be a really tight, close game,” he said.
"Obviously the Magpies have got that grand final experience, but with how we have been performing this season I think it will be a really good, hard game.”
Rix said the team's improvement this year came down to experience.
"We've got a few newer, younger girls but we also have girls who are now playing their second and third seasons,” he said.
"That extra year of experience means they really understand the game now.
"Some of our players have really improved out of sight.”
Rix felt the key to nabbing the win this weekend was sticking to the game plan.
"Everyone knows their role and they just need to carry out that role to give ourselves the best chance,” he said.
"Every player needs to put in their best effort so the team isn't let down.
"We've been working hard in training and the girls have got a lot more self-belief now after winning so many games this season.
"I'm sure both teams will be very excited to get out there.”