Squad of supporters going to final

Dunedin Technical will travel to Auckland in the last leg of its quest for ultimate glory - but it will not lack support.

A group from the club will make the trek north to cheer on its women's team in the Kate Sheppard Cup final against Forrest Hill Milford at North Harbour Stadium.

Club president Andrew Douglas said it was sorting arrangements, but expecting ``a good dozen or so'' to travel to support the team.

The game, which kicks off at noon on September 9, would be televised on Sky Sport.

Those supporters not travelling could gather at the clubrooms at Culling Park to watch the game.

For the team, flights and accommodation were paid for by Football New Zealand. Douglas was checking whether food and transport were also covered.

He said it was fortunate Football NZ was providing the support, as with several away trips for the men's and women's teams already this year, the club's bank account had taken a bigger hit than normal.

To make the final was highly significant for the club, although it was something that had been coming for a while.

``It's certainly been a number of years of hard work for the team to get where they are,'' Douglas said.

``A big group of the girls have been together for quite a few years now, especially since being 16-17 year olds.

``Graeme's [Smaill] spent 10 years coaching. He's brought a lot of them through since day dot.

``In some ways [it is] an amazing achievement to get here.

But we said at the start of the season this is what we're aiming for. Because we did so well last year [making the semifinal], we knew there was potential to go further.''

Alongside that, the club had known that it was capable of competing with the best after the success of last year's Southern United side.

That team had consisted of a large group of Tech players and made its first playoff appearance, claiming scalps of Auckland, Northern and Canterbury United.

It has continued that form throughout the season and the club is confident it has one more win in it.

``We absolutely do, without a doubt,'' Douglas said.

``It is literally down to the fact that we know that this team have got it in them.

``We beat Wellington 4-2. It's a pretty good sign to put in that many goals against that side away.''

Lara Wall scored the second goal in the semifinal win over Wellington United on Saturday, not Chelsea Whittaker as reported yesterday.


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