UNITED'S SAVIOUR: Hollie Boyle is the goal-keeper for Gladstone United's women's team that will meet Gracemere in tomorrow's pre-season final.
UNITED'S SAVIOUR: Hollie Boyle is the goal-keeper for Gladstone United's women's team that will meet Gracemere in tomorrow's pre-season final. Matt Taylor GLA220318SOCC

WATCH: 'Keeper talks about Women's Knockout Cup final

SOCCER: Gladstone United have the chance to claim early-season silverware.

The club's women's team will take on Gracemere in Saturday's Women's Knockout Cup in Rockhampton at 5pm.

Goal-keeper Hollie Boyle, who has been the captain of the team throughout the series, said it's an exciting time of the year as the new season coincides with the final.

"I think it'll be a defensive game and we'll work our little bums off," she said.

"I also think that counter-attacking will be another key."

As for the key players in the United team, Boyle said to work as a unit will get the job done rather than any reliance on any one given player.

"The team is coming together nicely and we have a lot of school-aged girls in it," she said.

Boyle has been at Gladstone United for 13 years and her father Bill Boyle was president and former player at the club.

"He gives me a lot of advice and he's done a lot of goal-keeper training as well," she said.

"It's good to have a ladies team because we didn't have a team in the competition last year, but we're taking up a strong team."

United have beaten Central and Bluebirds to qualify for the decider while Gracemere had a big win last weekend.

When asked what Boyle and her team-mates will do if United win the pre-season cup, she replied rewards will be of a mixed variety.

"Because the majority of the team are school girls, they will get a chocolate and us older girls will have beverages," she said of the post-match festivities.

Gladstone United field two teams in the Gladstone Women Combined competition which started last weekend and Boyle said that will be handy.

"I'll definitely play two games and we'll have enough players who'll play in the final and not play in the other games," she said.

United's first side take on Central's first side from 1pm on Sunday while Gladstone United's number two team will tackle Central Black in the curtain-raiser at 11am.



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