In a tough encounter minor premiers Richmond Rovers proved just a bit stronger and more committed than their Workers Club opponents at Oakes Oval on Saturday night, coming home strongly to capture the title 4-1.
The first half was an even battle with Workers Sheree Coubrough regularly slicing through the Rovers defence but failing to get her final shot on goal. Rovers were also struggling to get off decent shots and their first goal was actually run into the back of the net by Katie Parker, who bustled the keeper off a cross at the near post. The second goal early in the first half also involved some heavy pressure on the keeper and once again Katie Parker was there to nudge the ball across the line.
Rovers next goal was a graceful shot by Player of the Year, Player of the Final and this years Golden Boot Award winner, Martene Edwards, which curved from the edge of the box to the far corner of the net to leave her opponents stunned and her team mates jubilant.
This inspired Coubrough to get a shot on target, after another decisive run into the box, and she was rewarded with a goal. Unfortunately for the Redwomen the goal came too late to keep the game alive, but Coubrough deserved it as her efforts from the opening whistle to the final shrill blasts from the referee were outstanding.
Renee McIntosh sealed the victory for Rovers, scoring from close range as the women in black and white celebrated a sensational year of football.
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