The Bangalow Bluedogs’ Women’s Premier League team won its fourth straight minor premiership trophy over the weekend, and are looking the goods to win the grand final again for the fourth consecutive year.
The core of the team have been playing together now for a few years and have been able to nurture and develop juniors along the way. This has given the team continued success, manager Paul Hanigan said.
‘The club has a very strong junior base so mixing the young girls in with elite players such as Jade Bianchetti and Hollie Jarrett to provide the necessary mentoring has been pivotal to the team’s success.
‘Both Jade and Hollie have won major zone awards over their careers and will surely go down as some of the greatest players to compete in our zone,’ he said.
Over the weekend the team played two games. On Friday night they played away on a wet and greasy pitch beating Alstonville 4–2 and then backed up on Sunday afternoon overpowering Byron Bay 11–o.
In the Lismore game Hollie Jarrett and Maillagh Parker scored four goals and Laani Winkler-Harding, Miranda Sochacki and Kendell Brazendale all scored one each.
‘Byron Bay were playing with a depleted side due to injuries sustained during the game,’ Paul said.
The Bluedogs expect to play a home final before the grand final on September 11.
The biggest threat to Bangalow premiership hopes is the Lismore Thistles.
The season got off to a good start for Bluedogs, who won the Female Summer Youth League and Callan McMillan Shield, two pre-season competitions.