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Where is it being played?: Sale Main Oval
What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:00pm, Sunday August 18th
Boisdale-Briagolong and Bunyip will renew acquaintances when they go head to head in this weekend’s PilatesChoice Gippsland Women’s Football Competition Grand Final at Sale Recreation Reserve.
The Bombers and Bulldogs contested last year’s inaugural decider and the Bombers will be out to defend their crown and complete a perfect season, having navigated the home and away season undefeated.
Bunyip only lost two games for the season – both to Sunday’s opponent – and booked its place with a thrilling five-point victory over Nyora in last week’s preliminary final.
Yips midfield star Nicole ‘Boots’ Cicciari was embracing the underdog tag and said there was no shortage of excitement around the club.
“Our main priority was to get into the grand final (then) bring what we can to the final and see how we got from there,” Cicciari said.
“Everyone is loud and rowdy and excited to go and ready to give it a crack.”
Cicciari said the Yips coaching team may have some tricks up their sleeve, but the core approach to the game remained uncomplicated.
“Beat them to the ball and defend them when they’ve got the ball,” she said.
The Bombers have been the unstoppable force in attack and the immoveable object in defence this season, conceding just 74 points through nine games and accounting for Sunday’s opponents by 89 points in round six and 116 points in the reverse fixture at Bunyip in round 12.
Bombers captain Merryn Griffiths accepted her side was a red-hot favourite to retain its crown but said the aim was to enjoy the ride, regardless of Sunday’s outcome.
“All the girls are so stoked to be here… we’ve had two weeks off so the preparation for the final wasn’t ideal for us but we still trained really hard and the atmosphere is amazing at the club,” Griffiths said.
“We play beautifully on the field and we’re all friends outside of football as well. We back each other constantly and we have a lot of fun.
“We’re just going to stick to playing our game how we have all season. It’s worked for us, we’re undefeated, so we’re not going to change anything.”
League leading goal-kicker Emily Porter (27 goals) and Katelyn Somerville (21) have been constant threats for the Bombers, with a hoard of contributors including Britt Gray, Ash Jans, Lou Patten and Kiana Minchin.
For Bunyip, the likes of Cicciari, Laura Croft, Chloe Lenders, Jess Wilkinson and Holly Booth have all impressed at different stages, while Ebony Whitworth has been a reliable source of goals, with 20 for the season.AFL Gippsland
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