Redbacks send three teams to grand final

ONE MORE WIN: The Redbacks' youth boys suffered their first loss of the season a week ago against Moruya, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Bodalla in the preliminary final. Photo: Provided.
ONE MORE WIN: The Redbacks' youth boys suffered their first loss of the season a week ago against Moruya, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Bodalla in the preliminary final. Photo: Provided.

The Narooma Redbacks will have three teams in this weekend’s Eurobodalla Football Association grand final day at Dalmeny after both the youth boys and youth girls won their preliminary final.

They join the all-age men’s side who qualified for the grand-final last weekend by beating Broulee in the major semi-final.

Club president and youth-boys coach Chris Westoll said his side bounced back well from their shock defeat to Moruya in the major semi-final.

“This week we had a second chance to get into the final, and we won 3-1 against Bodalla,” he said. “Like any team that goes through the season undefeated, then all of a sudden loses a game, it kind of knocked their confidence around last week.

“I also think when you’re winning every week, you tend to get over confident; sometimes you need a bit of a kick up the bum to realise you’re not untouchable.”

The youth boys will play Moruya again in the grand final, and Westoll is expecting a close contest.

“Moruya played better than us in the major semi-final, and they thoroughly deserved to win on the day,” he said. “We’ll go hard at training this week, and I think it’ll be a very different game in the grand final.

“Some of our boys have been in the team for three or four years now, and they’ve lost the last two grand finals. They want to win this because it’s their last chance at a premiership before they go up to all-age.”

The youth girls will also play in the grand final this weekend after a thrilling win over Moruya Blue after penalties.

“The youth girls were very evenly matched with Moruya last weekend,” Mr Westoll said. “They’re playing the Moruya Swans in the grand final, and they’re fairly evenly matched with them as well.

“Our youth girls were running first for most of the season, but they just lost a bit of confidence towards the end. I think this win has boosted them a little though.”

Westoll expects the all-age men to win their grand final on Sunday.

“They’re very confident, and I can’t seem them losing the grand final because they’ve been very dominant all year,” he said. “Having said that, Bodalla was dominant in that division last year, and they lost the grand final.”

Westoll made a call for fans to come and support their teams on grand final day.

“To have three Narooma teams on grand-final day is a great achievement for us,” he said. “We’d like as many people to come down to Dalmeny on Sunday to support our teams.”

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