Thunder eyes top prize

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 11-Aug-2017

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The Thunder's senior side heads into the NFLW finals on top of the ladder. Photo: Andrew Perryman.
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A BIG weekend awaits the Bendigo Thunder Football Club with its senior side entering finals and its reserves contesting the first ever Northern Country Women’s League grand final.

The Thunder’s seniors will be aiming to bounce back from their first Northern Football League loss of the season in the week leading into finals.

The Thunder plays Diamond Creek at Preston in the qualifying final.

The team’s reserves side, meanwhile, will be out to claim its first piece of silverware when it meets Benalla in the NCWL grand final at Weeroona Oval on Sunday.

Benalla won through to the decider in a 2.13 to 1.5.11 slogfest against Shepparton last Sunday.

The league held its first presentation night this week, with Kyneton’s Emily Taylor winning the first league trophy.

The Thunder’s Erin Ross topped the league’s goalkicking with 47 goals in the home and away season.

The power forward will be a key to her side’s prospects on Sunday after booting three goals in the semi final meeting against the Saints.

Bendigo’s senior side doesn’t have any silverware on the line but has plenty to play for on Saturday.

The Thunder will advance to the NFLW grand final if it defeats Diamond Creek, which has been in a strong patch of form recently.

The Thunder has had a disappointing second half of the season through some key injuries and unavailabilities but will still be a strong favourite to win.

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