Willing Westlawn ready to take fight to minor premiers
2nd DIV WOMEN: Westlawn Tigers 2nd division women's side have a massive task ahead of them in this afternoon's grand finals, but the spirit within the team has been excellent and they will be worthy opponents for strong minor premiers Majos.
The squad's introduction to the 2nd division competition has been fruitful thus far and the make up of the side has seen a quite poignant pairing of mothers and daughters turning out alongside one another week to week.
Starting the season with minimal expectations of success and anticipating at least a few rounds of teething problems, the Westlawn girls were surprised at how quickly they found their feet, taking to the field with confidence and delivering a courageous early display against Majos.
The Tigers drew upon the experiences from this game to gain a greater understanding of the toughness and resolve required to be competitive in the upper reaches of the competition. The loss to Yamba in the replayed round 2 fixture in late July proved a turning point for the Tigers and they registered a momentous 1-0 win over this weekend's opponents, Majos, the following week.
After a scare in the first leg of the semi-final that saw Maclean Bobcats hold them to a 0-0 draw and threaten to derail what had been an impeccable season up until that point, the Majos ladies came up with the goods in the second leg at their Rushforth Park fortress to clock up a 3-0 win and book a grand final meeting with Westlawn at Barry Watts Oval.
Majos draw on a comparatively small player base when contrasted against some of the other Clarence powerhouses, but they have certainly made every effort count at senior level.
Full credit must go to all at the club for the tremendous amount of behind the scenes work that has gone in to provide a foundation to build on-field success.