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Kalgoorlie into GFLW grand final after eclipsing Diorites in double-chance clash

Kalgoorlie displayed a solid work ethic in trying conditions to grab a spot in the Goldfields Football League’s women’s grand final after easily beating Mines Rovers in Saturday night’s second semifinal, 8.7 (55) to 1.0 (6).

The double-chance clash at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre pitted the top two sides against each other in conditions rarely experienced in the region.

Kalgoorlie, however, revelled in holding the Diorites scoreless after quarter-time — a strength complemented by the efficiency of their forwards.

Roos coach Shane Coysh said just one goal in the last quarter underpinned the gruelling nature of the clash but his players had emerged without any serious injury concerns before the decider on September 17.

“We probably had a few girls playing up forward for us which under normal circumstances shouldn’t have worked but it worked,” he said.

“Seven goals to three-quarter-time was pretty efficient but just the one (goal) in the last term showed how hard it was once it turned into one of those classic contested slug fests.

“In our forward half, there were probably 40 players up there for pretty much the entire last quarter.

“I’d expected that for the entire game, given the conditions, but they did a solid job and handled the ball really well.”

The victory earns Kalgoorlie a week’s break, with Cosyh welcoming a chance to freshen up his squad before the grand final.

“It was wet and slippery and a lot of hard body-on-body stuff,” he said.

“Players were constantly being swamped because there wasn’t a lot of room, but we just don’t get to play in those conditions out here very often.

“We have a few corked thighs and little niggles but they’ll be right and having the week off will certainly help.

“There’s some soft tissue stuff from all the bumps and the bruises, but nothing too serious.”

After grabbing the minor premiership for a second straight year, Kalgoorlie have a chance at redemption after losing last year’s grand final against Boulder by three points.

“We lost that (2021 grand final) when perhaps we shouldn’t have,” Coysh said.

“But we’ve worked hard all year to get ourselves in a position to play another (grand final) so here we are.”

Mines Rovers coach Pat Casey said his players struggled to adapt to the conditions.

“We actually started like a housed on fire but we lost our way after that,” he said.

“We lost a bit of structure in our back line and they (Kalgoorlie) made the most of it to the point we were chasing tail from the first quarter onwards.

“But we learnt a lot from it and I’m confident we’re capable of bouncing back.

“We’re not too sore and sorry for ourselves but certainly with a bit of improvement to make and some work to do out on the track.

“It was a goal of ours at the start of the season to make the top-two and hopefully we can now make the most of our second chance.”

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