Aiming to have a social kick on a Sunday and reestablish ladies’ soccer in Cowra, Ealges captain-coach Courtney Gambrill had no idea her side would be so close to a minor premiership in its first year back.
The Eagles women are one win away from collecting the first piece of silverware of the season in the Bathurst Football Association Ladies’ Second Grade.
The team travels to Orange on Sunday with hopes of knocking over Kinross Wolaroi and securing top place.
With a bye scheduled next weekend, victory this week would give Cowra a superior lead at the summit of the ladder, and help build more momentum ahead of the upcoming finals series.
Courtney Gambrill said she decided to form a side at the beginning of the year.
After struggling to get numbers, eventually the interest grew to a point that there’s an 18-player squad.
“It was because it had been years since having a team, it took about two or three weeks and then we ended up having a massive response from people,” she said.
With an interest purely to give women an opportunity to play soccer in Cowra, Gambrill expected to be chasing players week-in-week-out and was prepared for a long season.
“To be honest, I wasn’t setting out to have a competitive team. It was more about getting a team back and having a ladies’ soccer team in Cowra. It was more of a social thing,” Gambrill said.
I wasn’t setting out to have a competitive team. It was more about getting a team back and having a ladies' soccer team in Cowra. It was more of a social thing.Courtney Gambrill
It wasn’t until round 11 that the Eagles tasted defeated and since then they’ve turned the screws and are determined to make the most of their chances in 2018.
“When we got a loss on the board it hit us hard. But we have regained focus and will be hitting the finals with momentum,” she said.
She said the minor premiership would be a massive achievement.
“The success we’ve had so far, I think, will boost up numbers next year and hopefully attract juniors,” Gambrill said.
Cowra closest rivals, according to the ladder, is second placed Mudgee Wolves and Oberon United Wolves in third.
The Eagles take on Kinross Wolaroi at Kinross on Sunday.