The 2017 SWSSA competition gets to the pointy end this weekend, as the senior teams enter the semi finals. Harden goes into the finals full of confidence, with teams topping the ladder of the competitive age groups.
Peter Stone's 12/13 Coopers Butchery side dropped just two games during the home and away series on their way to claiming the minor premiership. This team have performed strongly, particularly through the latter stages of the competition, and is a great blend of strong, experienced players, leading the younger members of the group. They will rely heavily on the likes of Harry Bunt, Samantha Emms, Corey Doohan, Miguel Whittington and Ruby Woodhead to take them well into the finals.
Also finishing minor premiers were the 14/15 SFM Spreading team, and once again it's a combination of experience and younger talent that has seen this team go through to the finals losing just the one game. Veteran coach, Michael Halls, has moulded his team into a strong outfit. Jakob Halls and Jesse Manwaring have played all their junior soccer together, and this combination forms the backbone of the side, who together with the Doohan twins, Emily and Jessica, look to end their junior days winners. Younger players, such as James Daly, Maddy Emms and Campbell Allen will also feature strongly.
Harden's other 14/15 side, sponsored by Lubealloy, finished in fifth, just missing the finals. Coach Phil Webster is to be commended for the competitive spirit embodied in this team, and had a couple of their draws been converted into wins, finals would have been a real possibility. The 10/11 Country Club and 10/11 Bendigo Bank teams, despite not playing finals, continue to play round robin matches during the three weeks of finals.