Five grand finals promise to be torrid, tough affairs
SOCCER: It's a Gladstone soccer grand final-fest this afternoon and evening at Clinton Oval.
There will be division one and two men's and women's deciders along with a 3pm under-12 grand final between Clinton Cyborgs and Clinton.
Meteors' Jean Van Vegchel and Tori Van Vegchel bring a family flavour and the mother and daughter combination hope to bring another grand final trophy to the household.
Their Meteors meet Gladstone United White at 5pm and Tori said it will be a challenge as Meteors will aim for successive titles.
"All year they've been our hardest opponent to come up against, but towards the back-end of the season we have slowly we've been able to get over them," she said.
"It is going to be a tough and hard game and we can't come into too over-confident and we have to get our heads wrapped around it and get ready for the weekend."
Centre-back Tori said that she feels 'really confident and safe with mum' but unfortunately for them, Jean's other daughter Madeline won't play because she suffered a serious knee injury last weekend.
Goal-keeper Jean said it's a pleasure to play alongside her daughter.
"It's actually really good and she does actually listen a lot of kids don't listen," she said.
"We have a lot of trust in each other and I'm very comfortable with her in front of me she's very comfortable with me behind her.
"It's a great football relationship between the both of us."
United's 'keeper Hollie Boyle expects a tight contest.
"Obviously I'd like to win, but not go to penalty shoot-outs and that's because I'm a 'keeper and I don't want it to get to that," she laughed.
"Keeley McCann is our gun striker, but we have a few other key players and we work together more as a team than just as individuals."
It will also be a personal battle between McCann (12 goals) and Meteors' Brittany Collins, who his kicked 14 goals.
"She's two ahead of me, but will try and catch up in the grand final, but I don't mind who wins and it's fun to have a bit of competition," McCann said.
Clinton and BITS meet in the men's division one decider at 7pm in what will be an enticing clash.
BITS' Richard Frost hopes the team's minor premiership achievement will transcend to grand final winners.
"That was a really good result for us and for the young players we blooded in," he said.
"The disappointing thing for us is that Clinton got the last two wins against us, so they'll be coming in with some good form.
"It's the challenge what we both want so looking forward to a good, hard game."
Clinton young gun Dan Jackson, 16, looks forward to a high-tempo match and said to play with and against men has helped him.
"It's been difficult, but I'm getting used to it and it's been good playing with other senior players who have helped me out a lot," he said.
The play-making central midfielder hopes to play in the Premier League competition for Clinton next season.
1pm: 2nd Div Ladies - Meteors v Central Black
3pm: 2nd Div Men - BITS v Clinton; U12 - Clinton Cyborgs v Clinton Cannons (field 2)
5pm: 1st Div Ladies - Meteors v United White
7pm: 1st Div Men - Clinton v BITS