Central girls over the moon at first finals
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THEY might not have played, but last Sunday was a special day for all associated with the Central Soccer Club's ladies team who qualified for their first ever finals series.
The team, who had the bye in the last round of matches, had a nervous wait on Sunday afternoon as nearest rivals Valleys played minor premiers BITS at Biloela, but BITS easy 6-0 win resulted in Central taking the last finals spot on goal difference.
Valleys loss resulted in scenes of joy from Central's players, but now the hard work begins as coach Scott Nancarrow prepares for this Saturday's knock-out semi-final against United.
Nancarrow, a member of the club's Capricornia league squad has worked wonders in his first year at the helm. He is as excited as any of the girls at the prospect of being part of the finals series.
'It's pretty exciting to be part of it, the girls are absolutely stoked to be in the finals,' Nancarrow said.
And Nancarrow doesn't want it to end there, saying his team are primed to try and upset the more fancied United.
'We are confident of causing an upset, we have shown in our last few games that we can match it with the better teams,' he said.
Central have had a number of stars this season, with goalkeeper Emily Glossop, defender Sarah Khomenko and centre-half Nicole Sanders among those leading the way.
'Emily has been sensational for us in goal, while Sarah and Nicole are two of our most dependable players,' he said.
Central have also benefited from the improvement of first year players Rachel Hawtin, Danni Robertson, Carly Dent, Kerri-Ann Ward and Andrea Jonsdottir, an Icelandic exchange student.
Throw those five alongside the likes of Casey Moroney, Rebecca French, Kylie Simpson, Susan Harris and Sam Duca and Central could spring one or two surprises come finals time.