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Redbacks out to defend Cup title

Report by Peter Simcox

A festival of football will take place on Sunday with the Bankwest Women’s League Cup Finals taking place at Grindleford Reserve, Balcatta.

The Bankwest Women’s State Cup Final will be the highlight of the day, with last season’s champions Northern Redbacks taking on the National Training Centre women’s team.

Impressive Cup performances have paved the way for both teams ahead of Sunday’s showpiece, with NTC defeating East Fremantle 3-1 at Wauhop Park and the Redbacks beating Queens Park in a seven goal thriller at Coker Park in the Semi Finals.

The two teams have met twice in the Bankwest Women’s Premier League this season, with NTC winning the first encounter 2-1 in round one, before the Redbacks turned the tables winning 1-0 in round seven, and they sit second and third respectively on the league table.

Redbacks coach Tim Hodgson said the players showed great resilience to fight back from two goals down in their Semi Final win over Queens Park.

“It was an exciting game that could have gone either way, but I was really pleased with the way we didn’t panic,” he said.

“The players corrected some of their deficiencies from the first half, stuck to the process and backed themselves to get back in the game.

“We had to take a few risks which left us vulnerable at times and although we got to a 4-2 lead, we knew it wasn’t over as we had to sustain a late onslaught from Queens Park.”

Hodgson said the NTC Women have talented players and is preparing for another challenge against them on Sunday.

“(Games against NTC) have been tight affairs and I expect nothing different on Sunday,” he said.

“They will be buoyed by the fact that three of their program’s players have been selected in the Westfield Junior Matildas squad.

“But we know this team is made up of the best young players in the state. They are still developing so can be unpredictable in how well they might gel on the day, but we will not be underestimating them.”

NTC Coach Jessine Bonzas said her side’s victory in the Semi Final was hard fought.

“We’re delighted to have made Sunday’s final, and the girls have been a pleasure to work with this season,” she said.

“The win against East Fremantle was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. We took our chances in the game and came away with the win, which is a great reward for the squad.”

Bonzas won’t use the loss of three NTC players to the Westfield Junior Matildas squad as an excuse on Sunday.

“We’ve done well against the Redbacks this season and we are really relishing the chance to take on a club who have been at the top of the Premier League table for a number of seasons,” she said.

“It is fantastic news for Abbey (Green), Morgan (Aquino) and Lexie (Moreno) to be selected in the Matilda’s squad, but we’ve got a talented young squad and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The Girls U17, Women’s Metro League, Girls U13, Girls U14 and Girls U15 Cup Finals will also take place on Sunday at Grindleford Reserve.

 

FIXTURES

Team

Home Team V Away Team Kick-off

Pitch

G17

East Fremantle SC v Stirling Panther SC 10:00am 1

WML

Joondalup City FC V East Fremantle SC 12:45pm 1
WSL NTC V Northern Redbacks 3:00pm

1

G13

Ellenbrook United FC v Melville City FC 10:00am 2
G14 Joondalup City FC v Quinns FC 11:45am

2

G15 Beckenham Angels SC v Northern Redbacks SC 1:10pm

2