McAuley stuns Grafton
UPSETS were the order of the day last Wednesday, with McAuley downing minor premier Grafton High in the major semi and Kylies reversing a 7-0 deficit in their previous match to knock Demons out of the finals race.
The Grafton High ship righted itself on Saturday, however, as the team edged past Kylies 1-0 in the preliminary final to book a grand final rematch against McAuley this Saturday.
McAuley will like its chances against Grafton High, which has struggled to score goals in the past couple of weeks, despite comfortably finishing top of the table in the regular season.
"Our girls played well and we'll just keep taking each game as it happens," McAuley coach Peter Herden said of the 1-0 win over Grafton High.
"The other side is a good side too and it should be a good grand final.
"Both sides had plenty of opportunities to score during the semi and we were just lucky to have got one and kept theirs out."
The major semi was a good, open game of hockey, with plenty of end-to-end action, said Herden, who is hoping for a similar result this Saturday.
The Grafton High team overcame its nerves on Saturday to outclass Kylies in another nail-biter.
The Blues edged past the in-form Kylies 1-0 to set up the re-match against McAuley in an all school-based grand final.
"The game was played in good spirit, with every team member from GHS putting their heart into everything they did," Grafton High manager Michelle Blanch said.
"We eventually put a goal away in the second half, which won us the game, and the girls are very excited to be playing in the grand final against McAuley."
The school-based teams held the fitness edge over the other senior teams in the competition, but that was tested to the limit on Saturday, with many of the players backing up after their junior grand finals.