BOOMERS will go into the record books if they can win their sixth senior women’s cup final in a row on Sunday,
But Albury City coach Peter Hovar said they had a few tricks up their sleeve, a squad on the improve and were less affected by nerves for this year’s decider.
Boomers have beaten City in four of the past five women’s cup finals — the Blues’ last success coming 25 years ago.
Hovar believed the underdog tag gave them the advantage.
“Every year is our best chance but when you come up against a team like Boomers who are a powerhouse of women’s football you just have to go out there and have a go,” he said.
“We are very much the underdogs.
“Finals are very different to the meat and potatoes of the regular season — it is very much about what happens on the day, key moments in the game.
“But in some ways it is a home final for us and we should have the crowd behind us as the underdog.”
Boomers grand final squad included just eight of the 16 girls involved last year and coach Steve Hayes believed that’s driving the quest for the title and record.
“There are five girls who have never played finals before and they want the title,” he said.
“For those that have been there and done that there is a record at stake and they want to be a part of that — there is no questioning their hunger.
“They want that six in a row.”
The pair have met three times this year — Boomers winning twice and a draw.
In their last clash, Boomers took this year’s league title with a 1-0 win in the final game of the home and away season.
Hovar said to expect the unexpected.
“Having met three times and not come away with a win we have had to look to the tool shed and find something that is going to get the gardening done,” he said.
“So yes we have some changes planned but some of that will depend on how the game unfolds.
“Boomers winger Joey Cartwright is one of the issues to consider but they have quality all over the park.”