Colac Imperials’ under-18 girls’ footballers needed to rely on other results in the final round of the home-and-away season two weeks ago to scrape into finals.
Now they are preparing for a grand final.
Imps co-coach Ethan Schroder said he always had faith his side could contend for a flag at full strength, and has survived knock-out finals against Torquay and St Joseph’s to book a spot in the decider against minor premier Geelong Amateur.
“Two weeks ago we needed Joeys to beat Lara to even secure fourth spot, and Joeys only beat Lara by a point,” he said.
“Obviously you need a bit of luck in football sometimes, but now we’ve made finals, beaten third, beaten second and we’ve got one more to go.”
The Imps have become a different team in finals.
In the final three rounds of the home-and-away season they lost to the other three finalists to barely hold on to fourth spot.
But an in-form Imps team has turned things around, and defeated the Joeys for the first time this season in Sunday’s preliminary final, 7.8 (50) to 3.8 (26).
See today’s Colac Herald for more.