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PHOTOS | STORY| Horsham Saints girls primed for historic female football finals

HOT TIPS:  Moana Hope, second from left, gives Horsham Saints players Kayetlan Harris, Bree Netherway, Katie Morris and Ella Caris some tips before the girls take on Hamilton in a Deakin University Female Football League grand final. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HOT TIPS: Moana Hope, second from left, gives Horsham Saints players Kayetlan Harris, Bree Netherway, Katie Morris and Ella Caris some tips before the girls take on Hamilton in a Deakin University Female Football League grand final. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

By SARAH SCULLY
Horsham Saints will look to write their name into the history books when they meet Hamilton in the inaugural Deakin University Female Football League grand final on Sunday.
Coach Matt Taylor said his charges were primed for the decider against the competition’s minor premier.
“We have the best side at our disposal that we’ve had all year,” he said.
“To get that type of side for the grand final, with everyone available, is like winning the lottery.
“We are quite strong across all lines, particularly in the midfield, where we have lots of options for rotations.”
Taylor said Greater Western Victoria Rebel and Vic Country under-18 representative Rene Caris was available for the clash and would look to give her side first use of the ball from the ruck.
The team will also look to Coco Ledgar and Tara Jasper to lead the way.
“Coco won’t like me saying it, but she would be in the top three or four players in the league,” Taylor said.
“She and Tara have been the standouts all season.
“We’re also fortunate to have Aily and Jordie McAuliffe, who are new to the club this year, and have a lot of experience in team sports including netball and basketball.
“The stage is set for our leaders to step up and show the way.”
Both the Saints and Kangaroos claimed six wins from seven games throughout the season.
Hamilton finished on top of the home-and-away ladder on percentage.
The sides first met in a practice match before the season started and went head-to-head in round five earlier this month.
“We beat them pretty easily in the practice match, but as I told the girls, that means nothing,” Taylor said.
“We were both pretty green then. Our match a few weeks ago was a very close game. We lost by five points in a low-scoring game.
“I’m expecting another close one on Sunday.”
Taylor said his charges were up and about at training on Monday night.
“Our focus this week is to make plenty of noise,” he said.
“I want them to be loud and positive the whole time. If something doesn’t go our way I want them to shake it off and keep going.
“The girls won the game they needed to win to make the grand final, so more than anything, Sunday is a celebration of how far we have come from our first training session back in March with seven or eight girls.
“Every couple of weeks we picked up new players to create the team we have today, and now we’re in the grand final.”

Taylor said his side contained several players with finals experience in other team sports.
“They are aware that in a grand final you need to take things up to another level,” he said.
“They will provide a good example for the other girls and help them lift to where they need to be.”
Big day
The Horsham Saints and Hamilton Kangaroos encounter will be the key fixture in a day of action at Hamilton’s Melville Oval.
At 11.30am, Wimmera-Mallee teams Horsham and Stawell will face off in a battle of the competition’s fifth and six sides.
The day will culminate in a league vote count at Hamilton Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Officials will present awards to the league’s best and fairest player, runner-up and leading goal-kicker.
“After that we’ll head back to the Victoria Hotel in Horsham, which is one of the club’s major sponsors,” Taylor said.
“Our supporters are welcome to join us.
“Whatever happens will happen and we will be celebrating together win, lose or draw.”

PICTURE OF CONCENTRATION: Horsham Saints at their training session on Monday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

PICTURE OF CONCENTRATION: Horsham Saints at their training session on Monday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HOT TIPS:  Moana Hope, second from left, gives Horsham Saints players Kayetlan Harris, Bree Netherway, Katie Morris and Ella Caris some tips before the girls take on Hamilton in a Deakin University Female Football League grand final. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

HOT TIPS: Moana Hope, second from left, gives Horsham Saints players Kayetlan Harris, Bree Netherway, Katie Morris and Ella Caris some tips before the girls take on Hamilton in a Deakin University Female Football League grand final. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints.

Stawell Warriors warm up for Deakin University Female Football League.

Stawell Warriors warm up for Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Genevieve Blake, Staw, Shahna Broadbent, Sts, Nichola Hateley, Staw, Bree Netherway, Sts. Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Genevieve Blake, Staw, Shahna Broadbent, Sts, Nichola Hateley, Staw, Bree Netherway, Sts. Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Genevieve Blkae, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Genevieve Blkae, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Ruby Wynne, Saints, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Ruby Wynne, Saints, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Rene Caris, Maggie Caris, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Rene Caris, Maggie Caris, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Coco Ledger, Sts, Carrie Slorach, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Coco Ledger, Sts, Carrie Slorach, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Maggie Caris, Crystal Summers, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Maggie Caris, Crystal Summers, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Macy Fuller, Sts, Genevieve Blake, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Macy Fuller, Sts, Genevieve Blake, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Macy Fuller, Sts, Genevieve Blake, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Macy Fuller, Sts, Genevieve Blake, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Genevieve Blake, Staw, Ruby Wynne, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Genevieve Blake, Staw, Ruby Wynne, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Bree Netherway, Macy Fuller, Sts, India Warren, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Bree Netherway, Macy Fuller, Sts, India Warren, Staw, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Rene Caris, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Rene Caris, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Rene Caris, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Hannah Blight, Staw, Rene Caris, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Saints coach Matt Taylor, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Saints coach Matt Taylor, Horsham Saints vs Stawell Warriors, Deakin University Female Football League.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Ally Janetzki, Horsham, and Ella Friend, Horsham Saints, will line up under lights on Friday night when the two Horsham girls teams clash in Deakin University Female Football League for the first time.

Stawell team warming up.

Stawell team warming up.

Tayla Portelli, St, Charlotte Launder, Hsm, Nicola Hateley, st

Tayla Portelli, St, Charlotte Launder, Hsm, Nicola Hateley, st

Tahlia Barnett, St, Chloe Kalms, Hsm,   Crystal Summers, St,

Tahlia Barnett, St, Chloe Kalms, Hsm, Crystal Summers, St,

Mathilda White, Hsm, Elisia Cooper, st,   Kayla-Mae Hyslop, St,

Mathilda White, Hsm, Elisia Cooper, st, Kayla-Mae Hyslop, St,

Gemma Nagorcka, Hsm,Alicia Myers, st,

Gemma Nagorcka, Hsm,Alicia Myers, st,

Tahlia Barnett, St, Ally Janetzki, Hsm, Tayla Portelli, St,

Tahlia Barnett, St, Ally Janetzki, Hsm, Tayla Portelli, St,

Ally Janetzki, Hsm, Crystal Summers, St,

Ally Janetzki, Hsm, Crystal Summers, St,

Jayme Field, St, Hailey Puls, Hsm, Tahlia Barnett, st,

Jayme Field, St, Hailey Puls, Hsm, Tahlia Barnett, st,

Evie McMurtrie, Marian College, tackled by Casey Venables, St Brigid's College, Black Ranges girls football.

Evie McMurtrie, Marian College, tackled by Casey Venables, St Brigid’s College, Black Ranges girls football.

Ebie McMurtrie, MC, Maggie Heinrich, St B's, Marian College vs St Brigid's College, Black Ranges girls football.

Ebie McMurtrie, MC, Maggie Heinrich, St B’s, Marian College vs St Brigid’s College, Black Ranges girls football.

Raquel Scott, MC, Estelle Prithard, StB's, Marian College vs St Brigid's College, Black Ranges girls football.

Raquel Scott, MC, Estelle Prithard, StB’s, Marian College vs St Brigid’s College, Black Ranges girls football.

Ararabel Hitchcock, MC, Marian College vs St Brigid's College, Black Ranges girls football.

Ararabel Hitchcock, MC, Marian College vs St Brigid’s College, Black Ranges girls football.

Catherine Ioelu, StB's, Arabel Hitchcock, MC, Marian College vs St Brigid's College, Black Ranges girls football.

Catherine Ioelu, StB’s, Arabel Hitchcock, MC, Marian College vs St Brigid’s College, Black Ranges girls football.

Arabell Hitchcock, MC, Marian College vs St Brigid's College, Black Ranges girls football.

Arabell Hitchcock, MC, Marian College vs St Brigid’s College, Black Ranges girls football.

Horsham College talk tactics, Black Ranges girls football.

Horsham College talk tactics, Black Ranges girls football.

Tessa Marra, Claire McKenry. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tessa Marra, Claire McKenry. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tessa Marra, HS,  Brooke Mibus, Hamilton.

Tessa Marra, HS, Brooke Mibus, Hamilton.

Ella Firth, Tara Jasper, Ella Fitzgerald. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Ella Firth, Tara Jasper, Ella Fitzgerald.
Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tara Jasper, Horsham Saints. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tara Jasper, Horsham Saints. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tara jasper, Saints, Ella Fitzgerald, Hamilton. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tara jasper, Saints, Ella Fitzgerald, Hamilton. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Ella Caris, Saints, Claire McKenry, Hamilton, Sarah McDonald-Wanganeen, Aily McAuliffe, Saints. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Ella Caris, Saints, Claire McKenry, Hamilton, Sarah McDonald-Wanganeen, Aily McAuliffe, Saints. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Maddison Kaine, Hamilton, Coco Ledger, HS, Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Maddison Kaine, Hamilton, Coco Ledger, HS, Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Claire McKenry, Hamilton, Sarah McDonald-Wanganeen, Saints,  Brooke Mibus, Hamilton. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Claire McKenry, Hamilton, Sarah McDonald-Wanganeen, Saints, Brooke Mibus, Hamilton. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Coco Ledger, Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Coco Ledger, Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tara Jasper playing for Horsham Saints. Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

Tara Jasper playing for Horsham Saints.
Horsham Saints vs Hamilton.

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