Thunder embraces underdog status ahead of tussle with Keilor

MIDFIELD JET: First-year player Olivia McEvoy has been one of the standout players for the Bendigo Thunder this season. The Thunder plays Keilor on Saturday.
MIDFIELD JET: First-year player Olivia McEvoy has been one of the standout players for the Bendigo Thunder this season. The Thunder plays Keilor on Saturday.

THE Bendigo Thunder is embracing its underdog status as it prepares to vie for a berth in the Northern Football League Women’s grand final on Saturday.

The Thunder will meet Keilor in the second semi-final at Epping – the same venue Bendigo needed extra-time to defeat the VU Western Spurs in last weekend’s qualifying final.

Keilor had the first week of the finals off courtesy of finishing six points clear at the top of the ladder.

“Keilor has been the best team in the competition; they have a lot of very good players and are extremely well coached,” Thunder coach Luis Alvarez-Harris said on Friday.

“They finished on top and deserve to go in as favourites.”

Keilor’s only loss of the season so far has been a 14-point defeat to the Thunder in round four.

Bendigo has made one change to last week’s winning team, with Kate Hare coming in for Tiahna Cochrane, who is unavailable.

Saturday’s game starts at 2.10pm.

In Sunday’s first semi-final the VU Western Spurs will play Diamond Creek.

Thunder team

B: A Wilson M Barkla G Edlin      

HB: S Baldwin J Ross C Isaac

C: L Flanagan K Jacques E Watkins

HF: A Carrod O McEvoy Y Colley

F:  L Datson A Walsh P Cuttriss

R: C Ladson B Humphrey A Hay

Inter: L Bibby H Perry K Hare J Louttit

In: K Hare

Out: T Cochrane

Meanwhile, the final home and away round of the Central Victorian Football League Women’s competition will be played on Sunday.

• Round 15 games – Bendigo Thunder v Kyneton (Weeroona Oval, 12.30pm), Kangaroo Flat v Strathfieldsaye (Dower Park, 2pm).

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