Momentous task for United

September 09, 2017

Shepparton United’s Caitlin Georgiou will attempt to help her side claim the BASL women’s championship.

Tomorrow Shepparton United will attempt to claim the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League women’s championship in a dramatic final round.

United, which sits second on the ladder by goal difference, has the chance to wrap up the inaugural championship as league leaders Epsom has the bye.

United needs to win or draw against Spring Gully to be crowned premiers, an opportunity which excites coach Rocky Papalia.

‘‘It is just another game, but of course, there is a lot more at stake and I am looking forward to seeing how the girls respond to the occasion,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘BASL has been a breath of fresh air, it is a new competition and they reward form and consistency so it will be good to win and be awarded as the best team all season, as happens in Europe.

United has only lost the one game this season and Papalia believes little motivation is needed to make sure his side gets the job done.

‘‘They are a driven group, they aren’t silly, they know what needs to be done and we will hope to do it with a full squad,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘We have a few of our experienced players back this week.’’

Despite the momentous task ahead, Papalia is not taking Spring Gully lightly even though the side sits eighth.

‘‘It is an even competition, they have improved drastically,’’ Papalia said.

‘‘We can not think it is just going to happen, the girls will need to prepare properly and I am sure they are smart enough to realise that.’’

Fellow Goulburn Valley based side Shepparton South has cemented a spot in the final four, but could finish third.

Uwe Paffrath’s side, with a miracle falling in its favour, needs to win by at least six goals against Eaglehawk and hope Moama-Echuca win.

South, which is playing away from home, snapped a two-game losing streak last week after defeating Strathdale 4-3.

Paffrath’s side has found some form heading into the business end of the season, with South registering three wins in the past five weeks.

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