THE Bendigo Thunder has earned a crack at back-to-back premierships after winning its way through to another Northern Football League Women’s grand final on Sunday.
In a game plagued by inaccuracy from both teams, the Thunder defeated the VU Western Spurs 4.7 (31) to 1.9 (15) in the preliminary final at Preston City Oval.
The victory sets up a grand final showdown next Sunday afternoon against Keilor, also at Preston City Oval.
“It was a scrappy game in windy conditions and both teams struggled to take control and convert opportunities,” Thunder coach Luis Avarez-Harris said.
“We won ugly, but we have given ourselves a chance at a premiership and that’s exciting for everyone at the club.
“We know Keilor is a strong team and will go in favourites, but we’ll back ourselves to get the job done.”
• MATCH DETAILS:
1.6, 3.6, 4.6, 4.7 (31)
VU Western Spurs
0.0, 0.3, 0.3, 1.9 (15)
Bendigo goals – L. Bibby, Y. Colley, O. McEvoy, A. Walsh 1.
Bendigo best – B. Jones, M. Barkla, O. McEvoy, J. Louttit, C. Ladson, G. Edlin.
Meanwhile, the Thunder will get a chance to win two premierships next Sunday, with their development team to play Strathfieldsaye in the Central Victorian Football League Women’s grand final at Weeroona Oval.
The Storm beat North Bendigo 3.4 (22) to 1.0 (6) in Sunday’s preliminary final.