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Bluedogs make premiership history

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The Bangalow Premiership Women’s Team proved they are a powerhouse of local football after winning their fourth title in a row. Photo supplied

The Bangalow Bluedogs Soccer Club has made north coast history after its men’s and women’s premiership teams each won their grand finals.

‘The club is very happy, over the moon. It was a great result,’ women’s coach Paul Hanigan said.

On Saturday night the male Bluedogs overcame the Goonellabah Hornets 1–0 to clinch their championship.

‘We knew it was going to be a contest. The Hornets had only lost two games all season.

‘Somehow we got the chocolate on the night.’

The winning goal was struck in the middle of the first half by Rory Devlin, and it was rock-solid defence after that, which made all the difference, he said.

The Bluedogs also studied the tactics of the Hornets from earlier games and made a couple of positional changes that helped to ‘snuff out’ their attacking options.

A bus load of supporters helped to fill the stands and also give the Bluedogs momentum.

Many of the championship winning female Bluedogs were there in support, and to see history being made.

A week earlier the women’s team was tested by a young Lismore Thistles side who weren’t strong enough. The Bluedogs won 2–0.

‘Two decisive goals in the second half by Football Far North Coast 2016 Women’s Premier Division Player of the Year, Hollie Jarrett, was enough to see the Bluedogs win their fourth consecutive title,’ Paul said.

Hollie was named Player of the Match and received the Lisa Casagrande Medal for her efforts. Kendell Brazendale, Isabelle Braly and goalkeeper Mel Allan all had great games, he said.

Four minor and major premierships in a row is a huge achievement, and we would like to thank our major sponsor the Bangalow Hotel for their continued support of women’s soccer.

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