THERE’S no denying that winning four premierships in a row, and being on track to winning a fifth is an epic streak for Henwood Park’s first grade women.
“We’ve had a lot of young, successful, experienced girls, a lot of rep Riverina and state girls come through Henwood Park,” captain Bronte Buik said.
Hot on their heels, and catching up with a vengeance, Junee will not go down silently on Sunday.
Junee have matched Henwood Park’s skill this season, and created a great hurdle for the defending premiers.
Junee committee member and keen supporter April Mills praised the efforts of the local girls.
“I think they’re really determined to match it with Henwood Park, who have been really dominant over the past few years,” Mills said.
The difference has been in the intensity at training according to Mills.
“They’ve just trained their guts out, determination has been the key.”
They’re really determined to match it with Henwood Park who have been really dominant over the past few years.- April Mills
Their most recent game indicates the intensity of competition between the two sides, with Henwood Park scoring a late goal and coming out ahead, 1-0.
“I think it just comes down to the game on Sunday,” Mills said.
“It will be a really tough game, it will definitely come down to the wire it’s been a battle between ourselves and Junee all year,” Buik said.
The Junee squad is bursting with talent.
“Abby Duncan in midfield has been really good, so has Steph Puttock in defence and Sarah Smart in goals has done some awesome saves and kept them in some pretty big games.”
Preparing for the toughest game of the year the Henwood Park girls will also be wary of Ashleigh and Morgan Goode.
“They’ve been pretty vital all year,” Buik said.
She named Duncan as a threat and Smart in goals.
“She’s really good in the air, she stops our chances,” Buik said.
Henwood Park’s goalkeeper Danika Sadleir is just as tough to beat, chosen as the 2015 Player of the Year.
Henwood Park’s key striker Somma Allcorn will be returning from her new home in Queensland for the grand final.
“Her speed, skill and determination will definitely be a plus,” Buik said.
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