Wolves’ Jaime Sunderland and BTFC’s Elispeth Thorpe in action during the final on Saturday.
Wolves’ Jaime Sunderland and BTFC’s Elispeth Thorpe in action during the final on Saturday. JEN TYBELL

Young wolves left disappointed

BTFC’s ladies side took out the minor major premiership double on Saturday with a wet and wild 2-1 grand final victory over Wolves.

Playing in damp conditions at Wolves, BTFC went on the offensive from the outset and sprinted to a 1-0 lead within the first five minutes of play.

Wolves equalised through Jessica Bray late in the first half, but the brief deadlock was short-lived and BTFC went to half-time 2-1 up.

Neither side was able to find the back of the net in the second period, leaving BTFC to claim the title for 2010.

Wolves Coach John Sunderland said his team was essentially outclassed by a more enthusiastic BTFC unit.

“Technically and skill wise we were probably a little bit behind the BTFC girls so I thought that the rain might have played to our advantage a little more but they moved the ball a lot better than we did,” he said.

“BTFC was basically a little bit keener than we were on the day.”

The Wolves side, which finished one point behind BTFC on the competition ladder, is comprised mainly of 16-year-olds and Sunderland praised the young team’s effort in a losing cause.

“I was pretty happy with it, our girls were probably a little bit flat having played a game before which was a must win, then with the rain through the week we didn’t get back on the park training wise,” he said.

With the same nucleus of players likely to return for next season, Wolves are set for more success in 2011.

“This was only our second year as a team together, we made top four last year and top two with a grand final this year so if we keep that progression going it will be great,” Sunderland said.



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