Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Premier Men And Women To Contest Grand Finals

As the season heads to the pointy end, three Whitsunday teams had to battle for a place in the Grand Final with the Premier Men already securing their place.

The U13 Div1 and U15 FQPL knew they had to win some big battles to get through.

The Under 13s played first against an evenly matched Lions team.

Opportunities presented for both sides with the Lions goalkeeper making three brilliant saves to stop almost certain goals.

A penalty for Lions halfway led to a goal off an unfortunate deflection and they took a 1-0 lead into the half time break.

The second half saw the Whitsundays lift even more with a strategic formation change seeing our strongest attackers peppering the Lions goal with plenty of shots.

They should be proud of what they and the kids have achieved have and the massive improvement during the course of the year to be at a point where they were genuine Grand Finals contenders.

The U15 FQPL semi-final was always going to be a hard one against a very consistent Dolphins team. Dolphins started fast and dominated possession from the outset.

A lapse in our defence lead to a very early goal.

Their second wasn’t far behind putting us 2-0 down.

However, the Whitsunday team rallied and started to get on a roll, pressuring the Dolphins defence with plenty of creative play.

With only minutes to go in the first half, Reef Peel unleashed an absolute screamer from long-range bringing the score to 2-1 at the half time break.

With no goals added in the second half, it was a disappointing result for the team, but they should be proud of their results in the latter part of the season.

The Premier women have booked themselves a spot in the grand final with 6-0 win against Country orange.

It didn’t take the ladies long to find their groove with Lena breaking through the Country defensive line to put Whitsundays 1-0 up after 6 minutes.

With 10 minutes to go, the Whitsunday ladies were awarded a free kick outside the box and Violet took coach Peter’s instructions to “drop it in the space” one step further by placing it in the net instead. The last goal of the night came a few minutes later with Akema getting on the end of a cross by Willow.

A proud result for the Whitsunday club having both senior Premier teams in the grand final. The army will descend on Mackay Football Park next Saturday with supporters’ buses organised. Go Whitsunday!!!

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