Barambah floods grand final spots to make history
FOOTBALL: Barambah's second division squad put in a spirited fight against the Wests to claim a spot in Saturday's grand final.
They were then succeeded by the women's squad in an eventful grand final entry.
Barambah women's captain Sarah Vanderkolk said it was the first time Barambah had qualified two teams in the grand final in more than five years.
Vanderkolk said she could not remember exactly the last time a situation like this had occurred but said the last time dated back to before 2010.
In the women's competition penalties proved the decider in the Barambah v Wests preliminary final.
Both sides finished 1-1 after 90 minutes all thanks to a penalty awarded to each team.
This score remained after extra-time but Barambah secured the win in a penalty shoot-out with a final score of 4-2.
In the second division, Barambah asserted its authority over the Wests to claim a 4-0 win.
Two goals were scored in each half in what second division Barambah captain Ryan Sommerfeld described as a very controlled game of football.
"There were plenty of one-two passes and we held it up a bit," he said.
No longer in the first division competition, Sommerfeld said his squad could intently focus their efforts in the second division finals.
Over the season Barambah players doubled up for the men's first and second division games.
"We didn't have to hold anything back," Sommerfeld said.
Despite the comfortable win over Wests, Sommerfeld said Barambah would have to step it up even further in order to get the better of Nanango on Saturday.
"We have to do what we did today but probably have to step it up and hold our positions," he said.
Back in it again
GUNNERS held a slimmest of leads to earn a berth in the first division grand final against arch rival Nanango.
The sole goal scored by Jackson Kelly was just enough for the Gunners to knock its cross-town rivals Wests out of the competition.
Gunners' coach Debbie Ovens said her team was backed by a confidence built over the season of positive results against Wests.
Wests had not scored a win against Gunners in the first division although the in form Wests came close a number of times.
The formidable Nanango will be a test on Saturday but Ovens said numbers would be an advantage.
Nanango struggled with player numbers all season in both men's divisions.