UNI Azzurri’s journey to the women’s premier reserves grand final has been one of character and perseverance.
“We had new players come through this season again like last year, so we weren’t 100 per cent sure,” captain Tiarna Fermanis told the NT News.
“We didn’t expect to be here, no. But here we are now, we did it.”
Azzurri finished the regular season in fourth place and have won two sudden death fixtures to progress, including a 4-3 extra time preliminary final triumph over secondranked Casuarina last week.
“We really worked on their skill levels. We had three beginners who had never played soccer before this season,” coach Jennnifer Zuccarato said.
“We just pushed them through. We have been very lucky that we have some highly skilled girls on the team as well, even though they are young.”
Azzurri face a Hellenic side who have tasted only one defeat all season.
However, their dominance won’t affect the way Zuccarato’s side will approach the contest.
“It’s about perseverance and having fun,” Zuccarato said.
“These girls just continually surprise, but I have no doubt they can get there eventually if they just keep plugging away.
“Some of the girls can’t believe they are in the grand final, it’s very exciting.
“I think there would probably be a big mosh pile on the field if we won, it would be the best thing ever.”
Article from: NT News 29 Sept 2017