Under 17 girls hoping for an 'icing on the cake' finish
IPSWICH Cats coach Aaron Hayes started the season with a simple goal. He just wanted his team to play football.
Now they are contesting the under 17 Girls' Division 2 grand final.
Early in the year, just getting on the field looked unlikely as the split between under 15 and under 17 youth girls programs limited the playing numbers at the Cats.
However a call to the Beenleigh Buffaloes soon resolved that issue, and the two clubs combined for the 2017 season.
Tonight they play Wilston Grange/Moreton Bay for Division 2 bragging rights.
"It hasn't been an easy year, early on it was just a matter of getting to play footy in the first place,” Hayes said.
"We've had a few good wins, a couple of bad losses and some close ones too.
"The team we play (tonight) we've played twice in the last month and they've gotten on top of us, so hopefully we can change those fortunes.”
For the first time this season, the Cats and Buffaloes players trained together this week ahead of their final match of the season.
Hayes hopes that will help bridge the six-goal gap between the two sides from their semi final clash.
"At training we've gone through a couple of fighting for the ball (drills) and getting the ball out of packs,” Hayes said.
"I'm pretty positive we'll keep it nice and close.”
In his third season coaching at the Cats, Hayes said a grand final win would be the perfect way to cap a rollercoaster season.
"It would be icing on the cake,” he said.
"They're just a really good bunch of girls.”
The first bounce at Yeronga Oval 1 is at 6:30pm.