TOLLAND will go into their biggest game of the Leonard Cup season full of confidence after beginning finals with a big win.
Tolland kicked off their Leonard Cup finals campaign with a 9-0 thrashing of Cootamundra at Rawlings Park on Sunday.
Tolland coach Florence Wilson was delighted with how her team clicked in their opening finals hit-out.
"Yeah definitely, it was a great game," Wilson said.
"I wasn't here for our Coota game earlier in the year but it was good to see the girls do all the basics right and get a few goals as well."
Joanna Balcombe scored a hat-trick in the win, while Bernadette Blake and Caitlin Shaddock scored doubles. Tara Humphries and Olivia Webster completed the job by also finding the back of the net.
In a bizarre twist to the draw, Tolland now face minor premiers Hanwood in a sudden-death grand final qualifier.
The top two teams from the season face off for a spot in the grand final, while third-placed Cootamundra takes on fourth-placed Junee for the other spot in the decider.
Junee defeated fifth-placed Wagga United 3-2 in last Sunday's other final.
Wilson admitted she, like many others, had been left confused by this year's finals structure.
"It's pretty disappointing but not much you can do about it unfortunately," she said.
Tolland have turned their attention to facing Hanwood at Rawlings Park on Sunday. Hanwood won the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the year 3-2 in Griffith, then they played out a 1-1 draw at the same venue in the last round.
"I think in finals you can't really underestimate any team, you've got to go in expecting a hard game and it's definitely not going to be any different on the weekend," Wilson said.
"Two weeks ago we had a draw. At the start of the year they beat us by one in a tough game so it's been very tight."
Wilson believes making the most of the opportunities that come their way will be the key to downing Hanwood.
"Just convert our chances. That's definitely been some of our issues in the last few games, we definitely get in the right positions and what not," she said.
"And they're pretty good on the counter attack so getting on top of that. They're the main ones. If we can convert our chances then we'll have every chance to beat them."
Wilson says it has been an enjoyable season after a tough start to the year with the unknown surrounding COVID-19.
She believes Tolland's evenness across the board has been one of the secrets to their success.
"I think we're pretty even, to be honest," he said.
"Up front, we've got quite a few goal scorers each week, no one person standing out. In the mids, Liv Webster and Bernie Blake are obviously doing their job every week and the defenders are working hard. They haven't probably been pushed as much this year as in the past but they're standing up when needed."