Eden Killer Whales book two places in senior grand finals

The Eden reserves and officials are from back: Locky Scott, Stuart Cassie (Team Manager), Lachlan Mitchell, Connor Cassie, Patrick McKeown, Shane Best, Aidan Lambourne, Rhys Gardiner, Glenn Best, David Summers, Lachie Rooney, Lachie Brown, Michael Sawers (Coach).
(Middle) Brendan Winnel, Anthony Peters, Jordan Merkel, Josh Brown, Heath Chester, Simon Stewart , (Front) Adam Donaldson (Keeper), Ryder Best & Beau Sawers (Training Support Kids)
The Eden reserves and officials are from back: Locky Scott, Stuart Cassie (Team Manager), Lachlan Mitchell, Connor Cassie, Patrick McKeown, Shane Best, Aidan Lambourne, Rhys Gardiner, Glenn Best, David Summers, Lachie Rooney, Lachie Brown, Michael Sawers (Coach). (Middle) Brendan Winnel, Anthony Peters, Jordan Merkel, Josh Brown, Heath Chester, Simon Stewart , (Front) Adam Donaldson (Keeper), Ryder Best & Beau Sawers (Training Support Kids)

The Eden Killer Whales are in a gearing up for the grand final with two senior squads already booking tickets.

The ladies team and reserve grade men's team both secured hard-fought wins in the major semi-finals on Sunday to advance straight to the ultimate round.

Killer Whales president Adam Donaldson said it was a huge effort for the club and a great result after a lengthy rebuilding process.

"This will be the first grand final appearance for an Eden men's team since 2007," Mr Donaldson beamed.

The club had later folded with the Killer Whales making a comeback in 2014 and grand final tickets are a just reward after a five-years of building up the men's outfit.

The men's team advanced after a 1-0 win over Pambula in extra time after Patrick McKeown scored the winning goal off a left-foot blinder that split two Pambula defenders to curl into the net.

Not to be outdone, the Killer Whales ladies squad has also made the cut, highlighting a three-year undefeated streak that has earned the team it's fourth consecutive grand final appearance.

The women's side secured a 2-1 victory against the Wolumla Tigresses on Sunday where 'Granny' Amber Seckold proved she has still got it.

The Eden ladies headed for the grand final are (from back) Kamilla Grubesic, Karen McCamish (Keeper), Cyndi Douglas, Lauren Gilmore, Kate Mitchell, Mel Mitchell, Gemma Oliver, Cara Sheldon, Elyshia Westley, Tammy Whitford (Assistant Coach)
Debbie Heron (#14 jersey), Shy-anne Walker, Lauren Terry, Emma Webster, Jasmine Lefel-Horton, Kim Radford, Amber Seckold

The Eden ladies headed for the grand final are (from back) Kamilla Grubesic, Karen McCamish (Keeper), Cyndi Douglas, Lauren Gilmore, Kate Mitchell, Mel Mitchell, Gemma Oliver, Cara Sheldon, Elyshia Westley, Tammy Whitford (Assistant Coach) Debbie Heron (#14 jersey), Shy-anne Walker, Lauren Terry, Emma Webster, Jasmine Lefel-Horton, Kim Radford, Amber Seckold

Seckold scored the early goal off a great header, while setting up Eden's second for fellow striker Kamilla Grubesic to lead Eden to the win with a great turn of speed and strike ability.

She has been with the Killer Whales since winning the association's first ever women's premiership and is showing she can still run the show as the Killer Whales now eye off a third-straight crown.

Mr Donaldson said the mood at the club had been excellent all year and excitement was building for the grand final.

"The atmosphere is very positive and our squads have been very cohesive this year," he said.

The club's under 16s are still in the hunt for a grand final place and Mr Donaldson said the Killer Whales were confident the team could back up this weekend for the result.

The under 12s also enjoyed a strong year, but unfortunately fell out of finals contention last weekend.

Two the under 16s have also been an integral part of the reserves this year, with Patrick McKeown and Lachlan Mitchell both playing their grade and backing up.

Amber Seckold shoots for goal on Sunday.

Amber Seckold shoots for goal on Sunday.

"They've been critical in getting us where we are," Mr Donaldson said.

"Its something I really like about our team this year is the age gamut - it's a really diverse group of blokes.

"We've got seasoned campaigners like Anthony Peters, Shane Best and Heath Chester, the under 16s and everything in between."

He also praised Jordan Merkel and Lachlan Rooney as additions to the team, who he said had been adding a bit of youth and fire to the Eden roster.

It's a similar scenario for the ladies squad, who Debbie Heron said were excited for the grand final.

"We've got a great mix of youth and experience, this year we have around five younger girls between 16 and 18 that have become key players and cemented a role in the starting line-up," Ms Heron said.

Ms Heron said it was an emotional win for Eden on the weekend with Amber Seckold dedicating her goal off a header to her Mum.

"She doesn't score many headers so she was pretty happy with that one and dedicated it to her mother who she lost a few years ago around finals time."

A standout on the weekend, Seckold also set up a neat cross for a Kamilla Grubesic volley to seal the 2-1 win.

She said the ladies squad would take a pretty low-key approach to the grand final, with experience helping to calm the nerves ahead of the ultimate contest.