Crookwell AAW in grand final | PHOTOS

The Crookwell AAW soccer team head into this Saturday’s grand final after a fantastic season where they only lost one game.

Their opponent will be Hill Top, who defeated Robertson 4-2 on the weekend.

Hill Top are a very strong, tough team who have a few players from the very dominant Yerrinbool side that disbanded this year. The girls have had a draw and a win against Hill Top this year but the win was filled with controversy.

Hill Top walked off the ground with 20-minutes to play with the Crookwell girls 2-nil up.

“I’m sure that Hill Top will be looking for revenge but the resilience of the Crookwell girls will shine through.” said coach Michael Boulton.

“They are a very young, close-knit side, that are passionate about what they do.”

“This is my third year coaching the Crookwell girls.

“I have enjoyed every minute of it.

“The girls are a credit to their parents and to their town.

“I know they will never give up no matter what happens.”

Introducing the players:

Annie Croker: (Captain) 40 goals this season, is very dangerous in front of goal & is always marked heavily. Teams now she’s a threat.

Grace Smith: Is the engine pushing the team along, an absolute workhorse, just never stops, an integral part of the team.

Holly Evans: New to the team this year. Has great ball skills & finishes well. Excellent support to Annie. 

Lily Panne’: A powerhouse in defence, probably the best defender in the competition. When she tackles you, you know it. Is currently injured.

Laura O’Keefe: Great footwork & skills, always gives 100%. A very underrated player. Loves to play tricks on the coach.

Susie Brennan: Has improved immensely the past 2 seasons. Is a real team player that won’t stop.

Kami Boerma: New to the team, has good skills & work rate. Is a great addition to the team.

Gemma O’Brien: Good head on young shoulders. Ice cool under pressure, works hard in defence & has stepped up since Lilys injury.

Olivia Croker: Has improved this season & has made the right back position hers. Works hard & not afraid to tackle.

Rebeka Picker: Extremely versatile player, cam play just about any position if needed. Has filled in as keeper & has done a great job.

Brooke Taylor: Great skills, tackles hard & loves being on the field. Has also filled in as keeper & does a great job.

Jessica Ryan: Very fast up front which makes her a handful for defenders. Injuries have curtailed her season & hasn’t been able to make as big an impact as she would like.

Amy Parry: For a player who has never played soccer before, she has done a fantastic job. Has been unstoppable in defence, with a never say die attitude, work rate second to none & calm under pressure, she has been a revelation this year.

Annika Picker: Has helped the team out immensely in the last few weeks by playing in goals. This girl is a player to watch in the next few years.


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