Shady Punter - Women's Grand Final Preview

And so after a very successful first year of the expanded women’s league it all culminates this Sunday at 12.30pm at Vanier College. The Carleton Warriors and Rideau Shamrocks will go head to head to see who will be crowned the 2015 AFL Quebec Women’s Champions.

The Warriors have been good, really good all year while the Shamrocks have had somewhat of an indifferent season, but all that will mean very little come 12.30pm Sunday. For when teams take to the field for finals, form, past results, even injuries go out the window, why, well because for that 60 minutes nothing else matters, this is finals footy.

But in saying all that, one has to somewhat read into how each team’s season has gone especially over the past few weeks. Both teams have been recruiting well even right up until the last game.

Some of the standouts rookies include Shamrock recruits Anke Patzelt and Jennifer Keir. Patzelt went toe to toe with the more experienced Giants midfield of Moreau and Bureau last weekend and she will be again relishing the prospects of coming up against quality opposition in Costanza and Nguyen. After kicking three behinds last weekend, Keir will be hoping to finally add a goal to her game statistics and what better place to do it, then in the Grand Final. Add in the ever present rock that is Kelly Cambridge, hard at it Nathalie Presseau and the exhilarating Lauren Stoot, the Shamrocks are once again looking strong like they did all the way back in round one.

But will it be enough to stop a more established consistent Warriors side? If the Warriors weren’t already good enough they somehow managed to add the very impressive Bailey Jones to their ranks for this finals series. Werniuk, week in week out, is getting better, not just in her rucking duties but in her around the ground game too. In fact when you look at this Warriors this team it is very difficult to find a weakness. Up front they have Bartulovic and with the recent addition of Jones, Nguyen has been freed up from her midfield duties to frolic around in the oppositions half of the field too. If one of them doesn’t kick goals the other will. And down back Derynck and Geci have been impenetrable all season. When the ball goes down there, it quite often comes straight back out.

All that been said, it is very difficult look past the Warriors for this game. With all the names I mentioned they have too much class, and I didn’t even mention the franchise player that is Costanza.

Warriors by five goals.


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