GRAND FINAL DAY: Tinana keeper Jess Raines and Shanice Ivey celebrate a goal earlier this season.
GRAND FINAL DAY: Tinana keeper Jess Raines and Shanice Ivey celebrate a goal earlier this season. Matthew McInerney

Tinana confident it can complete premiership double

FOOTBALL: Kate Midgely will be one of the most important people in a Tinana jersey tonight when the Eagles face Sunbury Blues in the Fraser Coast League Division 1 Ladies grand final.

The sweeper will be one of the last lines of defence the Blues will have to break if they are to complete the ultimate fairytale: firing from fourth on the table to the most unlikely of premierships.

Sunbury is yet to beat Tinana, who will start as favourites, but that won't deter the Blues.

The Blues beat United Warriors and Bayside Strikers for the first time this season in consecutive knockout finals, both 1-0, to reach the decider.

But Midgely, who lost a grand final at Tinana two years ago and has "unfinished business” in the league, said her side would be ready.

"I think Sunbury's results the past two weeks is a good wake-up for us,” Midgely said.

"They're good enough to beat those sides so nobody will be taking it too easy.”

The FCL Division 1 Ladies decider is the last on tonight's program of three female grand finals, with youth girls and Division 2 immediately beforehand at Hervey Bay Sports Club on Tavistock St.

Four junior grand finals will be held at the same venue tomorrow, and some players, like Tinana's Brylee Howlett and Cassidy Hose, will play two grand finals in two days.

Midgely said she and her team was excited to play.

"We've only lost the two games this year so we'll be confident,” Midgely said.

"It will be a big night.

"The biggest thing for me is they're not excited about playing because we've been winning, but because of the group and the atmosphere.”

Turn to page 15 for your eight-page Fraser Coast League finals liftout, and keep an eye on both the Fraser Coast Chronicle website and Monday's print edition for photos from the finals.



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