SATURDAY’s warm spring weather, brought out the best in 13 hours of footy finals action last Saturday at the Workers Arena.
The first game kicked off at 8.30am and the last, the All Age Men’s final between Crookwell Griffins and Workers, went into extra time, ending about 9.30 pm. We should also mention the STFA committee, who put in long 16 hour day too.
One of the closest game was the Under 13 Division 2 game between Stags FC and Trinity. Even though this was a Division 2 game the standard was top class and a draw would have been a good result. It looked to be heading to a penalty shootout, but a late goal by Stags gave them a 2-1 win and a place in Saturdays Grand Final against Crookwell.
Other teams to win through to the grand final were: MBK United U15 Div 2, Marulan U13 Div 1, Stags White U15 Div 1, Wollondilly All Age Women Div 2, Crookwell White All Age men Div 2, Marulan All Age Women Div 1 and Workers after a 4-3 win in extra time over Crookwell Griffin. They will play Crookwell Red in the main game of the day with a kick off at 7pm under lights.
With eight grand final games this Saturday we have a very tight schedule and extra time games could result in the All Age Men start late.
When the lights come on the action will heat up with the All Age Women Division 1 game between Stags FC and Marulan kicking off at 5pm.
Stags won 11 games to Marulan’s 8 so Stags would be expected to start slight favourites.
Stags are a team with some experience in the side with Halena Whitfield in goal and a trio of Goal scorers in Deborah Collins 36 goals, Ash Broabridge 13 goals and Cassandra Somerville 11 goals.
On the other hand Marulan have a mixed team of young girls under 16 and mums and they will be looking to experienced midfielder Kristy-Jo Cooper to help steer the team to a win.
The All Age Men’s Division 1 between Minor Premiers Crookwell Red and Workers will be a cracker, which could go to extra time and penalties.
These two Teams met in last year’s Grand Final when Crookwell took out the trophy, so Workers will be looking to turn the tables this year. During this season’s competition
Crookwell topped the table with 14 wins, one draw and two losses for 43 points. At the same time Workers had 13 wins two draws and two losses to finish on 41 points.
Crookwell have two top strikers in their side who have scored a mammoth 60 goals between them and Workers will need to keep George Zouch 38 goals and Stewart Morrison 22 goals from scoring.
Workers will look to their Captain and striker Robert Scott Jnr to lead by example if Workers are to win and lift the trophy.
Rob Jnr wears his heart on his sleeve and he will need to ensure he takes his chances.
This will be a great game of soccer, and a game not to miss, so be there for a 7pm kick off.