Broadmeadow Magic v Warners Bay
Magic Park – Saturday 3pm
A place in the Herald Women’s Premier League decider will be on the line when Broadmeadow Magic host Warners Bay in the preliminary final on Saturday.
Magic head into the clash off the back of an extra-time loss to Newcastle Olympic in the major semi-final, while the Panthers will be brimming with confidence after they hammered Merewether United 6-2 in the minor semi-final.
According to Magic coach Jake Curley, the message ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die clash is simple.
“We just keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll have success,” Curley said.
“I go into the game the same way against everyone. I think if we just play our own way, if we can finish, we will win.”
Magic finished the regular season second on the table with 31 points, three behind premiers Olympic.
“After the game at the weekend we were all, I guess, a little disappointed that we’re playing again because we hit the posts and had so many chances [against Olympic],” Curley said.
“It was just one of those games where we just couldn’t put that final ball away.
“We are going to do 11v11 and some finishing on Thursday night. We’re just trying to create situations where they have got to be under pressure to score goals.”
Warners Bay are yet to defeat Broadmeadow in 2020, with the Panthers narrowly beaten on both occasions during the regular season, though previous results do not bother Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins.
“The games have been quite tight. They’ve got some key players that we need to be very mindful of,” he said.
“I’d love a repeat of last weekend [against Merewether]. The girls will have a game plan, we’ve already started working on that, hopefully we can tweak a few things and finalise that and if the girls can execute and put in the effort like last weekend then that would be fantastic.”
The win against Merewether came in typical October weather, with the warm temperatures testing the fitness of both sides.
“The girls have pulled up well. I checked in with their recovery on Tuesday night, a few pulled up a little bit sore but overall health and wellbeing wise the girls are in good spirits which is great,” Atkins said.
“The girls were having a good laugh and had a smile on their faces. We mixed training up so we had a bit of fun to start with then got down to what we wanted to focus on this weekend.”
The Panthers are expected to field the same side which defeated Merewether.
“When we played Magic last time around, they are quite physical, so the intensity levels will have to rise again. We started really strongly on the weekend [against Merewether] and were really intense then the heat took over and a little and fatigue kicked in,” Atkins said.
“We need to make sure our attitude and our minds are in the right spot.”
The winner will play Newcastle Olympic in the grand final at Adamstown Oval on 18 October.