HANWOOD FC’s all age women’s team is looking to join its male counterparts in the grand final when it takes on Yenda SC in Sunday’s preliminary final.
The pair looks set to play out another engrossing encounter to earn the right to take on Yoogali SC in next weekend’s decider.
Scores were locked at nil-all between Hanwood FC and Yoogali SC before a controversial goal was netted in the dying stages of the match to seal YSC’s place in the grand final.
Yenda progressed after defeating Yoogali FC 1-0 in the elimination semi-final last Saturday.
The two teams haven’t been able to be separated this season, with their two previous matches resulting in 1-all draws.
Hanwood coach Daniel Johnson is looking for his team to respond after going down late in Sunday’s semi-final.
“We expect to fully go out and beat Yenda, but it will be a tough game as we’ve drawn twice with them and they are a very good side,” Johnson said.
“They are a young side, a physical side and they can play the ball around.
“My girls can definitely match them, they’ve been brilliant all season and when we play football and play to our game not the other team’s game we terrorise teams.”
Johnson wants his team to do more when it has the ball in attack and make the most of opportunities instead of rushing.
“We need to be clearer with what we are trying to do in that final third and make our execution a bit better,” Johnson said.
Brittany Lando and Olivia Franco have been among Hanwood’s best players this season and Johnson is looking for those two to set-up on the big occasion.
“I’m hoping Mel Foschi if she is back will be a big part of the game with Cherise Lando,” he said.
“It’s been pretty tight between the two teams and there haven’t been many chances in either game so it will be a very even game.
“I hope the girls relish the opportunity to make the final, which they fully deserve to be in.”