Tables turn as Coast defeat JPL side
THE defeated JPL girls are in exactly the same position as their conquerors Capricorn Coast were 12 months ago.
Last year the young Coast team reached the final against Nerimbera Magpies only to be swept aside.
At Apex Park on Saturday evening there was no way the Coast was going to let that happen again.
While Friday night's Third Division Final had left a bitter taste in many a mouth, the two games played on Saturday more than made up for it.
That was the assessment of the Capricorn Coast coach Rick Parker who enjoyed Saturday's football from start to finish.
Admittedly he was especially pleased with the women's final and his own group of players.
Coast looked certain to win the minor premier crown but faltered, losing to JPL at Norbridge Park.
Saturday was payback time and it came by way of a 3-0 victory.
“I think our girls had learned what it needed to win a game like this,” he said.
Parker was full of enthusiasm for the style of football played by the best two sets of young players from around the area.
“There was good team work and brilliant individual skills,” he enthused.
Parker was also thrilled with the support given to the Capricorn Coast by the general public saying the match was played in a carnival atmosphere.
“We got fantastic club support,” he said.
Coast took a big step towards winning the final when the speedy Raegan O'Grady put her side a goal ahead.
One goal was never going to stop JPL and in the second half Coast went ahead by 2-0 with a rather fortuitous goal which Parker gave to Megan Croxford while JPL coach Dennis Jeffries conceded it was an own goal.
Reeling at two goals down JPL were dealt the killer blow when Georgia Kane struck a third.
Parker said the 3-0 scoreline was a bit unjust for JPL as one of the better performances in the Coast team came from his goalkeeper Sarah Lacey.
“She was fantastic,” he said.
Overall Parker believes women's football is on the improve and he certainly feels that is the case with his own group.
“I think from last year the girls needed to step up,” Parker said.
“They did that this year.”
Jeffries had no argument about the loss.
“We didn't play as well as we should have but then again Cap Coast didn't allow us to play,” he said.
“A lot of our supporters felt we had our grand final last week (beating Magpies).
“Capricorn Coast deserved their win, they've worked for it all season.
“Rick (Parker) has got to be happy with the way his team went.”
While Jeffries could not complain with the decision to award the “player of the final” to Georgia Kane, the coach felt one of his own players, Rachel Withoos, was also worthy of the accolade for the work she did in the middle of the park.
With the sound of the final whistle barely faded away Jeffries was looking toward the 2010 season.
“They have got to learn and they have this year,” he said.
“Ten of this squad will back again next year.”
And as for the 2009 season?
“It has been a very enjoyable year,” he admitted.