IN AN ironic twist of fate, a rain catch-up round saw the Wolumla Tigresses secure a win over the Bemboka Braves in heavy rain on Sunday.
The 6-1 win lands the Tigresses the final berth in the Far South Coast Football Association finals series, clipping Merimbula by goal difference.
However, the Bemboka Braves (or Bravettes) lived up to their name.
You have to give them credit for turning up to play in appalling conditions, even though they had nothing to gain from it, especially considering the game was in Wolumla, a fair trip from home on a rainy day.
Not only did they play, but they had plenty of fun doing it and the team spirit shown on the day was commendable.
The atmosphere was palpable and you couldn’t deny the enjoyment had by the visiting team.
Especially the Bemboka goalie, who was not shy about diving through the mud in a hilarious display.
Due to the conditions, the match was without linesmen and both sides showed plenty of sportsmanship in their calls.
It’s fantastic to see a team like Bemboka staying strong and I look forward to watching them next year.
Genna Umback, Sam Johnson and Michaela Wilson scored goals for the Tigresses.
The performances on the wings by Amy Legge and Tegan Grant were solid, too, with the Tigresses now looking to gear up for the finals.
Tigress midfielder Caitlin Johnson said the team needs to concentrate on its game plan.
“Our biggest worry is trying not to play any of our opposition’s game,” Johnson said.
“We want to play our style and keep control and we will have to do that to stay in the finals.”
Despite a solid effort across the board, Johnson said Sam Johnson, Kirsty Whitby McBeath, Lisa Fuller and Tegan Grant were all in good form.
“I think they will bring their A game to the finals with the support from Amy Legge and Kirsty McPaul,” she said.