Maryborough primed for finals
THE FOUR Fraser Coast League soccer grand finals will be played this week.
You can be sure three of the premierships on offer will be won by Maryborough teams.
Three of the grand finals will be all-Maryborough showdowns after the three Hervey Bay teams in contention fell at the final hurdle – the elimination finals, at the weekend.
In the race to win the men’s first division title, Doon Villa ended United Warriors’ season with a 3-2 win after extra time at Maryborough’s Federation Park.
Doon Villa led 2-0 at half-time thanks to an own goal and one from Joel Neilsen.
Although United Warriors were down, they were far from out and goals from Shane McClurg and Sam Hill forced the game into extra time before Neilsen scored the winner from the penalty spot.
Doon Villa will now play defending and minor premiers Sunbury in the premiership decider on Saturday.
Sunbury will also be in action in the men’s second division showcase for the year after beating Kawungan 2-1 in extra time.
Kawungan opened the scoring through Mark Scherlies and held that lead until almost full-time when Harley Kuhner equalised for Sunbury to push the game into extra time.
Paul Wajer scored Sunbury’s winning goal to set up a clash with West in the final.
The West club will have another shot at winning a premiership after the club’s second division women’s team crushed Kawungan 6-0 to earn the right to tackle Granville. Lesley Harry (four), Jacquie Bygrave and Simone Bassett scored the goals.
In the women’s first division grand final, minor premiers United Warriors will be Hervey Bay’s lone hope of winning a title – they must beat another Maryborough team Sunbury to do it.
Sunbury beat Tinana after a thriller of a game that needed penalties to decide the winner.
The game finished 3-all at the end of normal time and 4-all after extra time.
Chelsea Ryan-South (two), Jessica Mollee and Suzanne Algie were on target for Sunbury while Kelliann Milzewski (two), Casey Ferguson and Emma Biggs replied for Tinana. Sunbury won the penalty shootout 4-3.