It is the last chance to see the Footballsouth women in
action in Dunedin tomorrow.
The clash with Mainland, from Christchurch, at Tahuna Park at
1pm could be a classic.
Coach Nick Rzepecky has run a well-organised campaign this
season, with some attractive, flowing football being played.
The team has been inventive, showed pace and is capable of
scoring against any team in the league. Spectators can hardly
complain about a season which has produced a total of 23
goals so far in four matches.
But despite scoring an average of two goals per game, and
showing great spirit and no mean skill, Footballsouth has not
defended well this year.
There were passes that went astray, ball possession that was
squandered, and worst of all, poor recovery of team shape -
especially after attacks broke down.
Gaps that were not quickly plugged have cost Footballsouth
dearly, and made a mockery of some valiant team spirit and
fightbacks that deserved better reward on the league table.
There are players of some class in the side, from the mature
talent of Mary Fraser, Chelsea Martin, Kushla Glover, and Una
Madden to Sam Muirhead, Chelsea Whittaker, Shontelle Smith,
and the emerging Hanna English and Pelatia Schwartfeger.
It is a squad that is steadily improving, and possibly
tomorrow the team will gain that elusive win that will become
a catalyst for continued success.