Frenchville hoping for a repeat of 1998 women's win
THERE isn't much in football that Frenchville striker Megan Myers hasn't achieved. The former under-17 Matilda player's Australian representative days might be behind her but her desire to succeed is as strong as ever.
That's why, after three years playing with the Nerimbera Magpies - her opponents in tonight's Rockhampton Women's League football final - the encounter has special significance.
"I started playing with Frenchville, then had three seasons with the Magpies and this is my first year back with Frenchville," Myers explained.
"Both teams are evenly matched. This year they beat us twice, we beat them once and our last encounter was a draw.
"So this season it has been a lot more competitive."
"Traditionally, Nerimbera have been dominant, but this season we have challenged them and other teams have become stronger as well. Teams such as Cap Coast and Berserker, towards the end of the season."
Coming up against her old team, Myers knows better than most what it will take to beat them in tonight's decider.
"We need to play a strong passing game," Myers said.
"We need to keep possession.
"They are very quick down the wings and that is how they like to attack.
"If we can neutralise Nerimbera's wingers and their pace out wide, they will be reduced to playing through the centre.
"And we are very strong in the midfield."
Frenchville's first year captain Olivia Dean agrees.
Dean, as centre midfield, likes to control the corridor and feed her talented strikers, which include Myers, with quality ball.
Between Myers and her fellow striker Jessica Radstaak, they have scored an incredible 60-plus goals this season
"Our attack is our strength," Dean said.
"We have scored a lot of goals up front this season and this makes us hard to beat. Nerimbera have a lot of speed out wide so we need to shut this down. They also have a very good defence; they have a very strong backline."
Dean maintains that Frenchville know it will be a tough, tight contest tonight, but her team is up for the challenge.
"We are really pumped for this one," Dean said.
"We really want the premiership. Last year we finished fourth so it's been a great season for us. We have really gelled well this year and scored lots of goals."
If they can score some more tonight, they might be able to wind back the clock 17 years and end the Nerimbera Magpies' dominance of the Rocky Women's League.