VICTORY CHEERS: Swifts Reserve grade players jump for joy after beating Norths 2-1 in Saturday’s grand final.
VICTORY CHEERS: Swifts Reserve grade players jump for joy after beating Norths 2-1 in Saturday’s grand final. David Nielsen

Lucky charm Lenaghan instils balanced plan

RESERVE grade player of the final Kirsty Lenaghan had every reason to perform a little jig collecting her trophies on Saturday.

The captain/coach is becoming her team's good luck charm.

The affable centre half led Swifts to victory in Saturday's Reserve grade grand final having done the same for Thistles a year earlier.

She also shared in Swifts' premiership win two years ago before changing clubs.

"That's three in a row for me," the delighted mum said, explaining her presentation dance with trophies in arm.

"Those things don't happen to you very often so to win that was quite a nice compliment."

Swifts were also minor premiers, losing to Norths in the mid-season final.

Her recipe for premiership success was to keep the team fresh and happy.

"We took it really easy this year," she said.

"Reserve grade sometimes is a lot of pressure to step up and just be like A-grade and do the same things - running and all that sort of stuff. But half of the team are really old and we've all got kids and family so it was more about the balance this year."

That approach paid off as the Swifts women beat Norths 2-1.

"We just stuck with it," she said.

"We stuck to what we knew and we tried during the year to do a couple of different systems."

She shared the coaching responsibility with her sister Cristle Petersen.

Lenaghan also made a difference coming on late in Swifts' A-grade grand final win over Hancocks.

With her team facing a second half Hancocks charge, Lenaghan provided some fresh legs keeping her team moving forward under the growing pressure.



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