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Only one outcome on mind

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September 14, 2017

Lukies medallist Taylah Shanahan will do everything to ensure she adds a premiership medal to cap her outstanding first season at Waaia.

A premiership is the only acceptable finish to Waaia’s season.

While Dookie United will take the challenge right up to its opposition, the Bombers’ superb season leaves them in the prime spot to claim the flag.

In an almost perfect year, Waaia lost just one game to Tungamah in the final round of the regular season.

But the result was never going to change the state of the ladder after the Bombers dominated so many teams to finish on top of the table, four wins ahead of Katunga in second.

A team that enjoys doing the chasing, Waaia has a remarkable ability to turn a three-quarter-time deficit into a win.

Having 10 players is a factor that has helped coach Nikki Foster ensure her team remains fresh to run out the final quarter.

‘‘It’s been good, it’s been really hard sometimes to manage 10 girls and get them on the court in the close games, but the only game we dropped this year we only had eight players, so that kind of shows how versatile our 10 players are because I could have done with those other two to get us over the line,’’ Foster said.

Last year Katandra took home the premiership with Lukies medallist Shinea Sali in its side and Waaia is hoping having the league best-and-fairest as part of its line-up will ensure a similar result.

Ace midcourter Taylah Shanahan took home the award on Monday night, with her teammates and coach picking her as a hot favourite to win before the count.

They were spot on and for good reason as the former Shepparton A-grade gun has made a major impact in the Picola District league.

Foster has no doubt Shanahan will leave nothing in the tank on Saturday.

‘‘She’s very passionate, she plays 120 per cent and you know that you’re going to get everything of her,’’ she said.

‘‘She’s very dynamic and a great team player and gets the girls up and around and looks after everyone, she’s a pleasure to coach.’’

Shanahan heads an enormously talented line-up, as Blaise Mortimer, Nicole Quinn and Amy Brooks look after the defence end of the court.

But the Bombers are potent in attack as well, with Foster backing her players to dominate.

‘‘We do have four goalers, so we can rotate through if someone isn’t matched up or not having a good day, we’ve got Helen (Plattfuss) who obviously was runner-up last year in the league vote count and has improved out of sight,’’ she said.

‘‘We don’t do match-ups, we go out there and play our game and then if we’ve got to change things, we’ll change it then.’’

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