It's all smiles as the Meteors also won the won division one women's grand final against Gladstone United.
It's all smiles as the Meteors also won the won division one women's grand final against Gladstone United. Mike Richards GLA150918WA1F

GALLERY: Collins' couple breaks United's resistance

SOCCER: Gun Meteors striker Brittany Collins landed two blows on Gladstone United's grand final expectations in a best-on-pitch performance in the division one women's decider.

 

Collins' two goals resulted in Meteors' 2-0 grand final win against a gallant United.

Clinton Oval's lights went out 20-minutes into the second half with scores locked away with the game in the balance.

Collins landed the first blow after just 12 minutes and centre-back Tori Van Vegchel - who had also played and was MVP in the division two Meteors' 3-0 triumph against Central as a goal-keeper - said the 'lights out' break was to her team's advantage.

"After we scored at the 12th minute, we were on the back foot," Tori said.

"It threw us out a bit, but mum (goal-keeper Jean Van Vegchel) and I gave us a bit of a lecture and to kick ourselves into gear.

"It worked because we went back into rhythm and Brittany (Collins) scored another goal."

It has been a productive day for the Van Vegchels and both mother and daughter effectively swapped positions in the division two and one grand finals.

"Mum was the goal-keeper in the division one grand final and she did really well," Tori said.

"She managed to pull off a great save and United played well as well and never gave up."

Collins also won the Golden Boot Award after she kicked 16 goals in 13 games and Tori said the key to the game was to quell Collins' opposite number Keeley McCann who had kicked 12 goals.

"Ainsley Downie kept Keeley under wraps and she did not kick a goal," Tori said.

"We all played a great game and played together as a team."

Tori was pleased with her game and said her combination with fellow defender Danielle Fenwick gelled when it had to in the most important game of the season.

Gladstone United coach Michael Hogg said it was a quality game and his team had its chances.

"After the lights came back on, we just attacked and attacked and our shots were on target, but Jean stopped them...she's a great goal-keeper," he said.

"Jacynta Sailor absolutely stood out as striker for us."

Hogg was proud of his team which is the only side to inflict Meteors' only two losses during the season.

Meanwhile there is another prize up for grabs and that's the Champions Cup in which Meteors take on Rockhampton winners Frenchville on Saturday.

"It's great to win the Gladstone competition and it's back to training on Wednesday and to win the Champions Cup would be great because that'll determine who is the best team in the region," Tori said.



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