BPL Grand Final Previews – Saturday 16th September
BPL THIRD GRADE
Killarney District vs East Gosford
Kick off 1 pm
Killarney District (2nd) are up against East Gosford (4th) in what looks like an unlikely Grand Final match up on paper. The Terriers third grade team conceded the least amount of goals in the entire Premier League with 12 in their 18 Games, however have never beaten this east Gosford side (0-0 draw and a 3-1 loss).
Killarney’s average age of just 20 years shows significant youth and they will be aiming for back to back Third grade premierships after taking out the 2016 title. East Gosford are yet to concede a goal in the 2017 finals series, easily accounting for Southern Ettalong (3-0) and league champions Gosford City (2-0) on their way to the decider. They too have a youthful side, with 3 x players under 16 playing in last week’s Preliminary final.
Expect this one to be a tight encounter!
BPL RESERVE GRADE
Killarney District vs Berkeley Vale
Kick off 3:30 pm
The second match in a trio of games for Killarney District, where their reserve grade team ran out League Champions for the 2017 season – scoring the highest amount of goals in any grade (57).
Berkeley Vale will be hoping to settle this one in normal time, with Penalties required in the Minor semi-final and then extra time in last week’s preliminary final taking its toll on the fitness of the players.
Killarney are likely to be full strength, however with all 3 grades participating on the day – selection will always be a headache for Coach Warren Stephenson, especially with his Two sons (Nathan and Sam) likely starters! Berkeley Vale will be without regular players Todd Tipping, Nathan Hole & Matthew Bennett – all missing out due to suspensions incurred in the Prelim Final.
BPL FIRST GRADE
Killarney District vs Gosford City
Kick off 6 pm
2017 sees an exact rematch of last year’s Battlewin Premier League Grand Final with Killarney District aiming for back to back premiership medals and Gosford City trying to avoid a hat-trick of being named runners up. Coming off a 7-1 thrashing that was handed out in the Major Semi Final only 2 weeks ago and having to play the full 120 minutes plus penalties in the preliminary final, the Dragons would be considered underdogs in this year’s decider.
Gosford city will be without Key striker Adam Woodbine who provided 13 out of the teams 40 goals during the season (32%) and will be looking to consolidate at the back through the experience of Steve Gibbs & the Irish charm of Cormac O’Brolchain. Second top scorer Jared McNee will be looking to find the back of the net again after adding to his season tally with a strike in the Preliminary Final against The Entrance.
Killarney District will hope to continue the two-season trend of BPL Premierships with Wyoming (2012 + 2013) and The Entrance (2014 + 2015) both winning in consecutive seasons. Terriers Striker Matt Hall will be aiming for a repeat of his stunning match winning bicycle kick from last years decider and with a week’s rest under their belts, Killarney will no doubt be planning to take the attack to Gosford city early in the match.
Pluim Park is a licensed venue – NO ALCOHOL can be brought into the complex.
The Bar on the hill will be open from 1 pm with Security conducting Bag checks.
Pets are also prohibited from Pluim Park – please leave your dogs, cats, horses and goldfish at home for the enjoyment of all other spectators!