WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS: Nanango celebrates an undefeated season by winning the premiership in the women's division grand final on Saturday, August 27 in Kingaroy.
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS: Nanango celebrates an undefeated season by winning the premiership in the women's division grand final on Saturday, August 27 in Kingaroy. Keagan Elder

Nanango women's squad makes a clean sweep

FOOTBALL: Undefeated, the Nanango women's team topped its season with a resounding 3-0 win against Barambah in the grand final.

However, it was no easy feat.

Despite the three-goal buffer, Nanango coach Alan Downie said it was not an easy game against their nearest rivals.

Downie hinted Nanango's dominant reign had come under fire this season and said the competition had definitely tightened this year.

"We haven't had it so easy,” he said.

"I believe the other teams are stepping up.”

Nanango women's captain Cassie Kelly said the premiers were up against the elements in the first half and were lucky to keep Barambah from scoring.

Barambah made the most of having the wind behind its back but was unsuccesful with efforts at goal.

"We were having trouble keeping them out,” Kelly said.

Nanango's luck turned in the second half. Armed with the golden boot recipient Bree Pogany, who scored the most goals in all three divisions, Nanango broke its goalless deadlock.

Bree scored twice - 45th minute and 60th minute - and Nanango was gifted its final goal thanks to an own goal by Barambah.

The major premiership rounded off the triple for Nanango after it won the minor premiership and President's Cup in the women's division.

Barambah's women's squad emerge from a tunnel of fans in the women's division grand final on Saturday, August 27 in Kingaroy.
Barambah's women's squad emerge from a tunnel of fans in the women's division grand final on Saturday, August 27 in Kingaroy. Keagan Elder

Barambah captain Sarah Vanderkolk said her team was unlucky not to score after building a number of chances.

"We won the toss and went with the wind on our back,” she said.

"(But) we just couldn't hit the net.”

Vanderkolk said her team rode on the back of the second division's success but could not crack Nanango's defence.

"That's the thing that wins grand finals,” she said.

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