Nerimbera soccer player Kajal Tighe. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Nerimbera soccer player Kajal Tighe. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Magpies on verge of equalling club's 75-year-old record

NERIMBERA Magpies Black captain Kajal Tighe is undaunted by the opportunity to equal a 76-year-old record.

It's any wonder why - the 22-year-old thrives on pressure.

A combination of talent and an unbreakable bond has the Magpies on the verge of greatness.

Tighe leads the Magpies into tonight's Rockhampton women's grand final against Bluebirds at Pilbeam Park.

A win for the club would see them equal the all-conquering 1948 Nerimbera first division men's team which won nine of 11 premierships between 1938-1948.

The Magpies won their first premiership in 2004 and have the opportunity to register their ninth premiership in 11 seasons.

"There is a bit of pressure, but I love it. I love being under pressure," she said.

"We're all really good friends, we're always hanging out with each other and we just love being together - that helps on the field.

"We've also got quite a few talented girls."

Despite not losing a match during the past two seasons - including a 5-0 win over Bluebirds in last year's decider - Tighe believes it won't be an easy task.

"They've been competitive in both games we've played against them this year - it'll be a nice hard game," she said.

They managed a 6-0 win over Bluebirds in Round 5 with Rojahne Bembridge and Jordyn Witt both scoring doubles before a 4-0 win over Bluebirds at Webber Park in Round 11.

Bluebirds head into tonight's grand final on the back of a 2-0 preliminary final win over Capricorn Coast on Friday night after finishing the regular season in third place.

Steered by centre-midfielder Tighe and experienced campaigners Vicki Edwards and Melissa Dunnett, Nerimbera Magpies scored 126 goals - nearly four times that of second place finisher Capricorn Coast - and conceded just eight.

Experienced campaigners Vicki Edwards and Melissa Dunnett have played in all eight grand final wins, while Tighe and a handful of others have played in six.

Youngsters Zoe and Caitlin Peters; and Christy Bryan will play in their first final tonight.

Veterans Edwards and Dunnett aren't missing a beat in 2014, with Edwards crowned the competition's leading goalscorer after netting 27 times during the regular season.

Such was Nerimbera's dominance during the season, they had four of the top five goalscorers in the competition.

ROCKHAMPTON COMMUNITY FOOTBALL

WOMEN'S GRAND FINAL

Nerimbera Magpies Black v Bluebirds

6.15pm tonight at Pilbeam Park

COMMUNITY MEN

Berserker Grizzlies v Parkana Lightning

8pm tonight at Pilbeam Park