Balgownie 14 girls aiming to defend league title

Balgownie 14 girls
Balgownie 14 girls

Coaches and players run the full gamut of emotions on grand final day, from ecstasy to agony, intense stress to relief, but Adam Goss wants his Balgownie 14 girls to experience just one emotion on Sunday morning. 

He just wants the girls to have fun. 

Having won both the premiership and title in 2017 and defended their premiership this year, the Balgownie girls enter this weekend as favourites. However win or loss, Goss is simply hoping his girls enjoy themselves during the hour they spend out on the field. 

“Something I’ve really learnt coaching girls is that girls play sport more for enjoyment than competition,” Goss said. 

“So I’d just like to see a big effort from the girls on the weekend. I want to see them turn up, have a big effort and really enjoy themselves. If they do that, the results will come. And irrespective of the result, this season’s been a really good one.”

The girls face a talented Woonona side that finished just twopoints on the ladder behind Balgownie and claimed a 1-nil victory when the two sides faced earlier in the season. Balgownie returned the favour a fortnight ago in the major semi-final to earn an automatic grand final berth. The Sharks set up a rematch by defeating Shellharbour 2-1 on Sunday.  

“Woonona are a very good side. We’ve played each other three times, they’ve won one, we’ve won one and we’ve had one draw, so it all sets up to be a good grand final.”

The fixture marks one of seven junior girls grand finals to be played at Myimbarr Park on Sunday morning. 

Helensburgh booked a grand final date with Shellharbour in the 12 girls competition by defeating Thirroul 2-1 on Sunday. 

A week after being upset by Coledale in the 13 girls first division major semi-final, Russell Vale beat Thirroul 2-0 in the qualifier to book a rematch with the Waves. 

The Thirroul 15 girls soared where the 13s faltered, upsetting second-place Woonona 2-1 to set up a grand final with Shellharbour.