Thunder strikes NCWL flag glory

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 18-Aug-2017

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The Thunder's reserves celebrate their premiership. Photo: Joel Peterson.
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THE Bendigo Thunder have been crowned the inaugural Northern Country Women’s League premiers after a dominant grand final performance capped a tremendous first season for the side.

It was the first year in which the Thunder has fielded a reserves team, feeding into its senior side competing in the Northern Football League women’s competition.

Benalla won through to face the Thunder in the decider but proved no match for Bendigo’s powerful midfield and forward line.

Molly Giggins booted five goals including four in the first half for Bendigo, while captain and league leading goalkicker Erin Ross kicked four.

Thunder coach Alan Last said after the game the 15.12.102 to 1.3.9 scoreline wasn’t an accurate representation of the strength of the Benalla side.

Benalla’s Kylie Relf won the best player award as voted by the umpires on the day.

The league is expected to expand from its current eight-team structure ahead of 2018 and also look to implement a longer season.

The Thunder’s senior side plays in an elimination final in the NFLW competition against VU Western Spurs at Preston tomorrow.

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