Yaralla Reds' historic rise
HOCKEY: The Yaralla A3 women's side are on the verge of creating history by making finals for the first time in more than 20 years.
In what is a remarkable achievement, the Yaralla side have not had the advantage of having higher-ranked teams in the A2 and A1 competitions.
The Reds, as the club is known as, consolidated top spot on the ladder after a 2-1 win against Souths last weekend and round out its regular season against Meteors tomorrow from 1.20pm.
Yaralla will play Meteors in Saturday week's second semi-final with the winner to progress straight through to the grand final.
Captain Sarah Wheatley 34, who has been at the club since her teenage years, said it has been a memorable rise to top of the ladder.
"We have always been at the bottom of the ladder, or second to bottom and even the other clubs have been telling us how great we have been this season,” Wheatley said.
The addition of Gavin Veach as coach at the start of last season has added some professionalism.
"We were third last year and weren't quite there, but this year we have gelled better under Gavin's directions,” Wheatley said.
"Previously we had no warm-ups before each game, but now we are well-drilled and warm up before each game.”
Wheatley is a centre-forward and is one of the younger players in the team although she said there are several juniors who help fill in whenever some of the regular players are unavailable.