Every team in the Rawson Homes Premiership A Grade competition has found it almost impossible to stop Fusions Heat this season and it’s going to be extra difficult for Karen Weekes on Saturday.
Weekes is one of the few experienced campaigners in a youthful Fusions Fire side which will take on Fusions Heat in Saturday afternoon’s grand final.
And making Weekes’ challenge of stopping Heat is that little bit harder given a connection to some of the minor premiers’ star players.
“Ally (McLean) is like another daughter to me and my daughter Bec Weekes will be playing too so there’s going to be a bit of family rivalry out there,” she said.
“And we’ve got the mother and daughter combination of Bec and Monique May in our side so there’s a real family feel around the game.
“But when Ally McLean is on she’s an amazing shooter so it’s a big job for us to shut her down.”
McLean stands as one of the major threats for Fusions Heat on Saturday, a side which has been brilliantly led by former representative player and coach Tash Robinson.
It’s going to be very tough and we’re definitely going in as underdogs
Robinson guided her side through an undefeated regular season and then Heat moved into the grand final in style when accounting for Fusions Johnies in the major semi.
Many expected those two sides to meet again in the decider but Fusions Fire, which finished fourth after the regular season, has stormed through the finals to make it to the biggest game of the year.
“It’s going to be very tough and we’re definitely going in as underdogs,” Weekes said.
“But it’s definitely do-able. If we play at our best then on any given day any side is capable of being beaten.
“We’ve fired at the right end of the season, that’s for sure, and the girls are raring to go.”
While there’s confidence and belief in the Fire camp, Weekes knows her side will need to be near-flawless in Saturday’s grand final.
Fusions Heat has been the benchmark this season and has racked up countless dominant victories on the way to the decider.
“They’ve got some amazing players,” Weekes said.
“They’re led by Tash Robinson … and almost every player had played at a representative level and they’ve got talent across the board.”
The A Grade decider headlines a bumper grand final day.
It shapes a massive one for the Fusions club with three other sides in grand finals, as well as the two A Grade sides.
All four of the A Grade semi-finalists came from the Fusions club for the second year running.
The first pass in Saturday’s A Grade grand final is at 2.45pm.