Lions, Tigers battle for GSWFL premiership

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Royals captain Jos Pass and Railways vice-captain Kirstin Flavel ahead of the GSWFL grand final on Friday night.
Camera IconRoyals captain Jos Pass and Railways vice-captain Kirstin Flavel ahead of the GSWFL grand final on Friday night. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Royals and Railways will meet for the first time in a Great Southern Women’s Football League grand final when the close rivals clash on the big stage tomorrow night.

The Lions and Tigers have been the two dominant teams in the four-team GSWFL competition, which is in its second instalment and continues to grow.

The Lions will be chasing grand final redemption tomorrow night at Centennial Stadium after going down to North Albany in the inaugural decider last year by five points in front of almost 2000 people. Another big crowd is expected this year as the Lions look to complete a perfect season with premiership success.

The Lions won all six games in the regular season and booked a spot in the grand final after a 28-point win over Albany in the semifinals last week.

Lions skipper Jos Pass, a member of last year’s losing grand final team, said her team was raring to go.

“We’ve got mostly the same team from last year and they really want to go one better,” Pass said.

“I know the girls have got it in them. If everyone brings 100 per cent, we’ve got this.

“From the first game last year, it was very scrappy but the skills have really improved and there is great passages of play.”

Tigers vice-captain Kirstin Flavel is in her first season of women’s football and said the Tigers were excited by the chance to play in a grand final.

“The girls only won one game last year, so they are pumped to get into the grand final,” Flavel said.

“It will be a tough game against Royals but it’s finals and you never know what can happen.

“We are expecting a big crowd and it’s great to see everyone support women’s footy.”

The GSWFL grand final will start at 6pm at Centennial Stadium.

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