BOOMERS and Albury City will face off in the women’s cup final for the fourth time in five years this weekend.
Each time City has come away without the silverware and, in an ominous warning, Boomers coach Steve Hayes said his team had finally hit its straps.
He said wins against City in the last round of the home and away season and the 3-0 win against Diamonds in Sunday’s semi-final at Wangaratta were a great warm-up as Boomers looked to a sixth-straight cup final win.
“Sometimes it is harder to get into the finals than it is to actually win them,” he said.
“But the girls played as well as they have all year on Sunday — it was almost a repeat of the way in which they handled City to win the league title in the last round.”
But City’s coach Peter Hovar said there was an air of confidence in his team.
“Last year you could feel the nerves in the week leading up to the cup, but we are more settled this year,” he said.
“There is a feeling among the girls that there is some unfinished business — a mission we have to complete.
“It also feels like the girls are just starting to gel after a long season.
“Many have been injured or carried injuries into key games and they have finally overcome the niggles at the end of the year, I guess at the right time.”
Hayes said it was difficult to compare last year’s winning team with this year’s new faces.
“We lost eight of the 16 girls from that squad last year, including an Australian player in Ellie Brush,” he said.
“So to have won the league title and now have a shot at the cup with a team in which five girls had never played finals football is quite remarkable.
“But the way the season has panned out we will be playing our seventh tough game in the past eight weeks and I just hope that hasn’t taken its toll.”