Sunbury reigns supreme, bury Warriors to take title
MOTIVATION, it seems, is a team's greatest weapon.
United Warriors 1 had no answer to a Sunbury 1 side carrying the pain of last year's grand final loss, the Blues capturing a 2-0 victory at Maryborough's Federation Park.
The brilliance of Kirsty Frehmann, coupled with Sunbury's defensive pressure ensured the Blues would win the Fraser Coast League women's Division 1 grand final.
The night was a memorable occasion for the Blues, who finished the season undefeated, got their first title since 2008 and got to put last year's defeat to Doon Villa well and truly behind them.
"They really wanted it," Blues coach Linden Rose said.
"Nearly all the girls played in that grand final last year and were keen to get one for themselves.
"I could tell they were all a bit nervous to start off with and that was playing on their minds a little bit, but I was confident they would do it.
"It was a positive season right from the start and it paid off for them."
Rose paid tribute to Peter Guest's side.
"United was what we thought they would be, strong but we were just stronger," he said.
"They came out pushed hard through the middle and had a good start to the first half.
"They've been our strongest competitor all year and they deserve to be there."
Goals on either side of half-time helped the Blues bury the Warriors.
Prolific goalscorer Frehmann opened the scoring in the first half with a crisply taken strike just inside the 18-yard box.
Like the first goal, Sunbury's second was set up by some good lead-up work for Chelsea Ryan-South to put the ball into the corner of the net.
"We went in with a plan and we executed it well," Rose said.
"Chantelle (Ryan-South) played out of position and adapted well and played well.
"Nikita (Lennox) was very good again with Tegan Frehmann."
Sunbury's win capped off a stellar season for the club with its Division 2 men's team and Youth side also winning their grand finals.
Bayside Strikers A, meanwhile, used an explosive first half to down Granville in the Division 2 women's grand final.
Stephanie Messinis' team found the back of the net three times in the first half before holding off a late fight back to prevail 3-2.
In the Division 3 decider, a second-half goal from Tahlia Dickinson gave Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets a 1-0 victory over Tinana.
Division 1: Sunbury1 2 (K. Frehmann, C. Ryan-South) def United Warriors1 0
Division 2: Bayside Strikers A 3 (S. Messinis, R. Sewell, C. Pizzul) def Granville 2 (C. White, own goal)
Division 3: Kawungan Sandy Straits Jets 1 (T. Dickinson) def Tinana 0