Maclean Bobcats in action against the Coffs Lionesses.
Maclean Bobcats in action against the Coffs Lionesses.

Bobcats round off memorable season

IT was a momentous occasion seeing the women Bobcats win 3-0 in another grand final.

The women had a cracker season with only one loss during the later part of the draw.

Taking out the minor premiership with three weeks to spare in the comp was only the beginning of good things to come.

The girls met early with the weight of the Clarence Valley on their shoulders and a long and exciting day ahead of them.

With a quick change and intense pep talk from coach Col Stephens they were warmed up and out on the lush, manicured pitch before they knew it.

The first goal came quickly but was disallowed when Brooke Denehey was awarded a free kick inside the 28-yard box.

It was an indirect free kick that was intended for Natalie Anderson's head but just missed by a whisker.

The one thing about the Lionesses is that they never give up, not until the final whistle.

Lindsay Baker and Hannah Smith worked some magic down the right side of the field with well-placed passing and weaving in and out of the Coffs players.

They managed to get the ball to Ashinda Heron for it to reach the back of the net and the Bobcats lit up the score board 1-0.

The players all ran to the bench to celebrate with fellow teammates. It was high fives all round as the Bobcats were clearly pumped and all over Coffs on the park.

The defensive line of the Bobcats was kept tight by Captain Bec Teni with only a few stray balls passing by them.

The second goal was also scored by Ash Heron showing absolute skill and precision making her way around the Coffs defence and beating the keeper to the net, 2-0.

The starting 11 worked as a unit and performed their respective roles to full potential.

Coach Stephens said it was a pleasure to watch the Bobcats play their own game with the ball on the deck and a lot of accurate, short, sharp passes.

Natalie Anderson held the mid-field together like glue with the help of Kaisha Hinchcliffe who played with consistency.

While Jo Bell and Ash Heron worked together well up-front as strikers attacked the opposition relentlessly.

The second half started with a few changes in the back and front lines but the girls had the same intensive determination as the first half.

The back line stood strong as expected being renowned for the best defensive line in the comp, backed up by the goalie, Tracey Want, who only conceded 12 goals all season.

Last year Want was awarded Golden Boot for the club, scoring a massive 30 goals for the season.

Another disallowed goal for the Bobcats by Jo Bell who accidentally collided with the Coffs goalie but the girls could taste victory.

In the 75th minute the Coffs keeper spilt the ball right to Ash Herons' feet who rounded out her hat-trick, her season fourth.

The crowd erupted in joyous victory as the women Bobcats secured the Second Division minor and now major premiership.



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