Killer Whales conquer all

• Tayla Danvers-Grant sends the ball forward, forcing Kim Peters to duck for cover against the Bega Devils.
• Tayla Danvers-Grant sends the ball forward, forcing Kim Peters to duck for cover against the Bega Devils.

The story of the Killer Whales ladies’ soccer team has gone from the verge of folding a few years ago, to staring down a second straight premiership. 

Coach Debbie Heron said the squad is keeping things the same as they have throughout the season in the lead-up to another finals campaign. 

“We’re pretty much keeping things the same, we’ve still been doing GRIT every second week at the gym,” Heron said. 

“It has worked for us so far, so we are not going to change anything now.”

The women will be joined in the finals by a number of junior teams and the club’s reserve grade men’s outfit. 

“It’s really positive to have the reserves in the semis as well.”

On Sunday, the Killer Whales will face the Bega Devils for possibly the last time this season. 

Earlier matches against the second-placed Bega outfit look good on paper for the Killer Whales, winning 5-4 and 6-0. 

“We’re expecting them to be much tougher than that. 

It is the finals and anything can happen: we won’t be taking them lightly, that’s for sure,” she said. 

It will also be the first time the Killer Whales have taken on the Devils at their home track. 

The squad will have a second chance should they lose, but Heron hoped the club wouldn’t need it. 

“We will be pretty keen to get through with the first attempt.”

Last year the club lost the major semi and needed the chance to earn their way back to the grand final. 

Heron said the squad could be considering similar outcomes this time around.

“We will probably have it in the back of our minds, but we’ll try not to focus on it.”

Success is breeding success for the club and the reserve grade is going well in their return season. 

Heron hoped the club might be able to build on its solid foundation to develop future teams. 

“Certainly with the ladies, if we can maintain a similar roster with some of the young girls coming up through the junior grades we’ll be competitive in the years to come.

“As a club we will be looking forward to growing and building for a strong future,” she said. 

The Killer Whales meet the Bega Devils at George Griffin Oval, Bega on Sunday at 12.10pm.


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