The Giants in their inaugural year fought through number issues at the beginning of the year and the effects showed as they finished lower on the ladder. The coaches look to improve in the off season and bring in more numbers to aim for a higher finish next year.
Meanwhile the Phoenix are ready to bring glory back to the club as they head to the Grand Final against the UNSW Raiders this weekend 3rd December. This grand final brings head to head the defending champions against the inaugural season champions. The Phoenix are looking to be the first Womens team to bring home the trophy for the second time and it looks to be exciting.
There is a long standing rivalry between these two teams and all of the games this season have been a close fight to the finish.
This weekend will see starting QB #9 Danielle DeGroot & starting RB #46 Meghan Stokie try and help make their offence explode onto the field and gain an early victory. Meanwhile defensive captain #13 Pettra Zucchelli will be looking to keep her defence performing at their best and shutting down the explosive outside run offence of the UNSW Raiders.
We interviewed team captain and starting C #58 Julia Wilson and asked her how she felt going into the game this weekend.
She replied, "I'm so pumped and calm, which is a great sign. It was exactly how I was when we won our last bowl."
She says the key to victory is, "Keeping the girls focused on our game, not reacting to theirs."
As the veteran member of the club and one of the few that have been to a bowl game before, we asked her what her number one tip for the newer girls was.
"You're going to be buzzing. There's a difference between adrenaline and anxiety. Adrenaline makes us see the ball clearer, run faster and hit harder. Embrace that. Anxiety makes you doubt yourself. Embrace the adrenaline and let go of the anxiety. That buzzing is adrenaline and it's your friend."
It's going to be an exciting finish to an exciting year, and all of us at Northwestern wish the Phoenix the best of luck in this important high stakes game.
About the author
David Schneider - SS for the Predators & Assistant Coach for the Phoenix, as an American David has had a great love for the game since he was just five years old. An avid Seattle Seahawks fan he's looking to bring his drive and passion to the entire NWAFC.