The region’s best female players will create history on Sunday.
The inaugural AFL North East Border Female Football League open women’s grand final will be held.
Undefeated Thurgoona will start strong favourites against Wodonga Raiders at the latter’s Birallee Park.
The club boasts tremendous talent in Karina Collins, league best and fairest, Rebecca Guglielmino, and multi-talented sportswoman, Alyce Parker.
“She (Alyce) has all the skills, there’s no reason she couldn’t play in the AFLW,” Raiders’ coach Shane Laverty said.
But the first-year coach admits he’s not overly familiar with his opponents and instructed the players not to be caught up in the reputation of others.
“They get all wound up about playing certain people, certain names, so I try to stay away from that,” he said.
“We just need to concentrate on our own game.”
Raiders have done a superb job winning through to the grand final.
The home club finished fourth in the top four system and then racked up upsets over Yarrawonga and Lavington.
“I think we need to do exactly as we’ve been doing for the past two weeks,” Laverty said.
“Our girls have played really, really well, they’re playing out of their skins.
“We are coming into the grand final with quite a bit of momentum and they’re just raring to go.
“If we keep playing as well as we have been, I’m pretty confident we will give Thurgoona a good shot.”
Raiders will look to the classy Jenna Mercer and Kirby Nankervis to lead the way against the favourites.
Meanwhile, the Youth Girls will contest their third grand final.
The Murray Felines have dropped one game, while Lavington finished third in the regular season.
The Felines’ Leela Rosser claimed the league best and fairest, while Emily Nicholson is another danger.
Lavington’s Lilly Owen and Grace Hay are the class players for the outsiders.
That game is from 11am, with the women’s from 12.45.
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