Excitement running high
GLADSTONE will have its own field of glory on Saturday, as the Gladstone Junior Soccer grand finals are fought out to finish off out the round-ball season.
The grand finals will be held at the Wolves home ground on Benaraby Road and the pitch looks spectacular.
In the under-17s clash, Wolves take on BTFC, and although the Wolves haven’t defeated their opponents this year, they’re going to give it their best shot.
Tori Van Vegchel, Tiarni Hawke and captain Deanna Iannantuono can’t wait to get out on the field.
“(We’re looking forward to) having fun and trying our hardest,” she said.
“I think our teamwork is our strength, we work well as a team through the combination of passes.”
The last time the teams met, it was a 2-nil victory to BTFC when the Wolves had nine players and chose to go for broke.
“I think it might go into extra time, it’ll be close,” the captain said.
“Their midfield is awesome, and if you get past them, it’s a bit easier.”
Playing as centre back, Iannantuono likes the physical aspect of the game, and perhaps the reason behind the ever-growing number of girls taking up the sport.
Hawke, who plays in the backline with Van Vegchel and Iannantuono, believes her team is the underdog, and the butterflies have already arrived.
“I’ve got nerves hoping to win,” Hawke said.
Wolves president Brian Neven said the day would be a great family day, and spectators would be treated to excellent games of soccer put on by the talented young players coming up through the ranks in Gladstone.
The games begin at 9am at Wolves, with the under-12s girl’s grand final, and the final game is Clinton Cassowaries and Central Ravens at 6.30pm.
Presentations to winning teams will follow each game.