Young Tigerettes primed for premiership charge

By Brayden May

FOUR quarters is all that stands between Rochester and a premiership.

A year on from their grand final heartbreak, the hopes of the club once against rest with the under 15 Tigerettes in Sunday's Goulburn Valley League grand final.

After finishing second on the ladder with just two losses, they stormed through to the grand final with back-to-back wins to start their finals campaign against Shepparton United and Echuca.

Rochester will now meet the Murray Bombers for the fourth time this year, having won two and drawn one in their previous three meetings.

And coach Kristy Roulston said if her side can bring their best they will prove difficult to beat.

"Every player has the ability to have a massive impact on this game," she said.

"I've got confidence in all of the girls to be able to stand up to the pressure which comes with playing in a grand final.

"The biggest key will be making sure we play our game and don't get caught up playing Echuca's style.

"If we can get the early momentum, it will go a long way to us winning the game."

While the Tigerettes are desperate to come away with a medal around their neck, Roulston said she would be proud of her team no matter the result.

"We're really excited to have an opportunity to do the club proud," she said.

"All of the girls have worked really hard to get to the biggest game of the year and I couldn't be happier with how they've developed.

"From the start of pre-season, everyone has been committed to improving as a player which has made my job much easier as a coach.

"They've developed a strong bond as a team and I hope it continues going forward on and off the court."