CLUB SUCCESS: Players from the four Goodna grand final teams prepare for today’s big matches at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
CLUB SUCCESS: Players from the four Goodna grand final teams prepare for today’s big matches at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex. Jay Buchan

President Trish lauds teamwork

NORTHS may have five teams in grand finals but, with four of their own, Goodna is every bit as proud of its achievement.

Even more impressive is that the seven Goodna teams from under 11-18s all made finals.

Last year Goodna had two teams in the junior grand finals, so it is no surprise club president Trish Hollands feels as though it is a job well done.

"I'm very excited," Hollands said.

"Obviously it has been a challenging few years for the club to rebuild (after the 2011 floods)."

This was Hollands' first year back as junior president, having filed the position several years previously.

But the Springfield Lakes State School deputy principal has not done it all by herself, with the good work of her team paying off.

"It's been a team effort," she said.

"We've got a quality group of coaches, managers and support staff.

"We've got well disciplined sides.

"The coaches are consistent and the parents supportive."

After three years out of the job Hollands returned to the presidency because of family.

"My kids still play footy," she said.

"So if I want to see my family at the weekend it was join the club.

"I think it's been tougher than I thought it would be, but it's extremely rewarding."

The biggest challenge has been the time management.

It has taught Hollands the need to trust in those around her and share the load.

"We've filled every position on the committee, but it's tough to get other people on board," she said.

"We've got to find ways to make it look attractive."

Hollands said the biggest thing she had learned this year was: "You can never have too many people on your side."

"I'm the type of person who likes to be in control of everything," she said.

"I've had to learn to step back and use the people around me.

"Everybody has to be involved, so we've got the same knowledge and are all on the same page."

While she'd love to see the four Goodna teams get up today, Hollands knows this year has already been a winner. "Just to see them there on the paddock is more important," she said.

Eagles Open B hooker Riley Stewart hopes his team is "on the same page" in its grand final against Norths today.

If they are, he is confident of securing the win.

"We should win, hopefully, if the boys 'come to play'," he said.

"So long as we D-up (defence) and just concentrate on good passes and defence."

Today's schedule

All games at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

  • 9am: Under 11b - Laidley v Goodna
  • 10am: Under 11a - Springfield Black v Norths Gold
  • 11am: Under 12b - Goodna v Brothers Grey
  • Noon: Under 12a - Brothers Blue v Redbank White
  • 1.15pm: Under 13 minor - Karalee v Redbank White
  • 2.30pm: Under 13 major - Goodna Black v Norths Blue
  • 3.45pm: Under 14b - Karalee v Laidley
  • 5pm: Under 14a - Norths v Springfield
  • 6.15pm: Open B - Norths Gold v Goodna
  • 7.30pm: Open A - Redbank White v Norths Blue


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