It was a sense of déjà vu that clicked Boambee into action on the way to the Women’s 1st Division title.
It was 12 months earlier when Boambee met Woolgoolga in the grand final that each time the Eagles thought they were getting the upper hand and scored, Woolgoolga equalised almost immediately to send the match into extra time and penalties.
Fast forward to Saturday night’s decider and the grand final started in an eerily similar fashion.
Rebekah Oberleuter scored the opening goal for Boambee only to see Lily Wilson equalise. Oberleuter scored again before Chloe Wighton scored for Woolgoolga with a long range free kick.
Boambee coach Glenn Bennett admitted the two Wildcats goals gave him some concerns.
“We did the same thing last year. We scored and they scored straight away, we scored and they scored straight away. I didn’t want it to keep going so I had a big talk to the girls and told them that they needed to settle down and play soccer,” Bennett said.
“Once I told them that they did and they started pushing the ball around a lot more and started getting the nerves out and started playing soccer.”
Moving the ball wider and into more open spaces paid dividends for Boambee and the Eagles regained the lead on the half hour when Golden Boot winner Kylie McDonald found space between two defenders to nod in a high ball.
Boambee relaxed minutes later when Bianca Oberleuter smashed in a goal from the edge of the 18 yard box. The margin was stretched to three goals when McDonald scored again shortly before half time.
With a 5-2 scoreline the chances of Woolgoolga causing the massive upset it dreamed of all week looked highly unlikely.
Boambee made sure of that with three more goals in the second half to comfortably take the grand final trophy 8-2.
Keira Plumbe converted from the penalty spot before finishing a solo run with a step to the right and a chip over Woolgoolga ‘keeper Jada Johnson.
McDonald completed a hat-trick late in proceedings to put the icing on the Eagles’ cake.
“The first half we did so well, goal for goal and then there were just a few little mishaps,” Batty said.
Then she uttered the words that most opposition coaches have probably thought when pondering Boambee’s strengths.
“Kylie (McDonald), when is she going to bloody retire? She’s such an amazing player. You think you’ve got her then she’s gone, she just reads the play so well,” she said.
The victory continues Boambee’s domination of the women’s competition with Boambee 2 also snaring the Women’s 2nd Division title.
When asked what makes Boambee’s women’s teams so special, Keira Plumbe offered a simple response.
“The secret is having a full squad in first and reserve grade that are best friends really,” she said.