Blues win comes at a cost
GRAFTON High Blues have wrestled the keenly contested second position on the ladder back from Demons after a 2-0 win over that side on Friday night.
But the win came at high cost, with Blues player Sam Duroux requiring five stitches and an overnight stay in hospital after a stick deflected into her eye and she was transported off the field by ambulance.
Grafton High went on to beat Kylies 1-0 in a hard fought match on Saturday to seal a major semi-final berth against ladder leaders McAuley in a fortnight.
"Sally Forbes, our goalkeeper, had an absolute blinder on Saturday to keep a clean sheet," Grafton High manager Michelle Blanch said.
"We knew we had to win both games to get second spot, and that would have made it tougher for us in the finals if we had to play our way through from the minor semi.
"Friday night's win was an important one too, but it was a bit of a downer once Sam got hurt."
Grafton High coach Wayne Conyard will be calling for more strength in the attacking circle when his girls tackle McAuley in the final round of the competition on Saturday.
"We had a stack of chances that we are just not converting and Wayne is adamant we need more strength and hunger in the circle," Blanch said.
McAuley also cruised their way through the double header fixtures, downing Kylies 3-1 on Friday night, and Demons 5-0 on Saturday.
"We're poking along alright," McAuley coach Peter Herden said.
"Demons were depleted on Saturday, but we can only play against the side we meet and it was quite pleasing to see everything go according to plan in that match.
"Now Grafton High have sown up second spot, we will play them in the final round this weekend and then meet them in the semi-final in a fortnight.
"The competition is still close, and Kylies gave us a real fight on Friday night. They led 1-0 before we went into half time at 1-1.
"Like Sailors in the men's' competition, Kylies could be a thorn in the side come finals time."