Boomers' Jenae Abel enjoys being the hunter

Jacqui Hawkins of the Diamonds and Jenae Abel of the Boomers. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Jacqui Hawkins of the Diamonds and Jenae Abel of the Boomers. Picture: TARA GOONAN

JENAE Abel is enjoying being the hunter rather than the hunted.

As part of a Boomers outfit that has dominated women’s soccer in the past decade, season 2014 has been a refreshing change.

For most of the year they have flown under the radar as tomorrow’s opponent Wodonga Diamonds and Melrose took centre stage.

Abel said it was a nice change.

“I watched the interviews last week and we didn’t get a mention — that’s great,” she said.

“It’s nice to have the pressure off and sit back and let Diamonds and Melrose be the key players.

“But this season has been so stop-start with byes and wet weather that it has been hard to get any consistency in playing or training.

“We have taken the opportunity in the past four weeks to mix things up, look at different combinations and set-ups that we might use on Sunday.”

Diamonds beat Boomers 1-0 in their first clash this year.

Striker Jacqui Hawkins said they had taken heart out of coming from two goals down to draw with Melrose last week in what was a one versus two clash.

The ladder leaders will add Bethany Morgan to this week’s squad.

“Melrose put two in the back of the net but we were able to respond and getting a draw in the last 10 minutes has given everyone a lift,” she said.

“We know Boomers have any number of key players but we will focus on our game and our structure.”

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