Big win for BTFC
IT was a momentous double for the women’s BTFC team, which won the grand final against Wolves on Saturday.
The club also won the minor premiership, with a point to spare, showing how even the season was in the four-team women’s football competition.
Although the rain had drenched the Wolves’ pristine field, this didn’t stop the BTFC run.
BTFC captain Sandra McLeod said the players were very confident going into the match, having not lost to their opponents all year.
Rachel Withoos, who proved to be unstoppable in the centre midfield position, was named player of the match for her performance. “She missed a lot of the season with a bad ankle injury and we couldn’t replace her when she was out,” McLeod said.
Wary of the Wolves goalkeeper, the strategy at corners, where the bulk of the team’s goals are manufactured, was for kicker Brooke McLeod to keep the ball wide.
“We practised this during the week, and we scored our first goal in the first few minutes,” McLeod said.
Lea Wynamm stuck to the Wolves’ key player like a glove and her role went a long way to ensuring Wolves didn’t get the ascendancy.
The grand final victory went some way to easing the pain of last year’s final, when BTFC lost in a penalty shootout. But the make-up of this year’s team has a much different look.
“This year we had a huge influx of juniors, and a lot of them are good ones,” McLeod said.
The side comprised one 14-year-old, three 17-year-olds and two players over 30, while the bulk of the team was made up of girls aged 15.
McLeod said the standard of women’s soccer had never been higher in Gladstone than it was this year, as girls who have been in the system since the early junior days filter through to senior ranks.