Boambee Eagles have dominated the North Coast Hotel Group Women’s Premier League for several years, and once again showed why they are considered one of the best women’s football teams to play in the zone, winning the Grand Final and Premiership for 2016.
The Eagles’ performance against Maclean Bobcats in the Grand Final was the perfect way to end an almost perfect season. They won 6-1, and dominated for 70 minutes of the match, with Maclean only allowed patches of possession.
The opening 15 minutes saw four goals scored; Boambee leading 3-1, and although it was a comfortable lead, Eagles coach Glen Bennett stressed his relief to settle the game down.
“It was a fast start, and I was just glad we scored first. When they scored (an equaliser) I was a little concerned, but we got two more and then the game settled down, which allowed us to set the tempo and play our game.”
The Eagles scored three goals in either half, and dealt with the threat of Bobcats’ forward Sarah Skinner comfortably, though Skinner had several half-chances that she made from nothing.
All in all a great performance from the Eagles, and one they will build on for next season.
Glen Bennett is a newcomer to coaching Premier League, and said the transition was made easy by the talent his team possesses.
“Being my first year coaching the women, I brought in some new drills, procedures and training methods, and the girls adapted really well. They trained hard, they were committed and you could tell they’d been together for several years. They themselves have done a great job achieving what they have this season.”
“It’s made even easier having a captain like Krista, who is a fantastic leader, and a very good defender at the back. Her vision, direction and knowledge helped us win many games.”
Boambee not only won the Grand Final in style, but also won the Premiership with five games to spare. They ended the season on 50 points, 20 ahead of second placed Maclean, and scored over 90 goals throughout the campaign.
“We have an excellent bunch of girls” said Eagles’ Winger Kelsey Van Gastel, “We all support eachother, we’re dedicated to training two nights a week and we have a great coach who has supported us, so all of that combined has produced a good season.”
The Eagles will be back next year to defend their achievements, and hope to have even more competition from young girls stepping up into Reserve and Premier League.