Sonia Hughes remembered in grand final win
BINGERA'S Debbie Caldwell took the player of the game trophy home after the 2-1 women's Division 1 grand final win against Moore Park after putting in a fantastic individual performance in a stunning team effort at Martens Oval.
In a result that wasn't as one-sided as predicted, Bingera was made to fight for the win.
Driving Caldwell against a determined Moore Park, was the memory of ex-teammate Sonia Hughes.
Hughes tragically lost her battle with cancer earlier this year and Caldwell said it felt like her team had 12 players on the pitch.
"I'm very proud of the team, I think we guts it out all year, we haven't lost a game since May.
"I think we had a guardian angel tonight in Sonia (Hughes)," Caldwell said.
"We spoke a bit about how she enjoyed the game, she loved the game and she played as tough as anyone can."
After claiming the Three Cities trophy with a 5-0 win over Sunbury in July, Bingera has been focusing on the Bundaberg premiership.
When captain Madelyn McCracken opened the scoring it appeared the victory would be imminent.
Emilie Fowkes added Bingera's second goal.
But Moore Park's Ellie Leslight found the back of the net.
That put the pressure back on the black and whites.
Leslight's goal was the catalyst for the intensity to pick up a level.
Players attacked at every opportunity and the goalkeepers, Sharon Anderson (Moore Park) and Sally Thurston (Bingera), were kept busy.
Bingera held Moore Park out in a tense finish to the season.
As one of the senior members of the team Caldwell said her role was specific and with so many good players she was surprised to get the individual honour.
"I try and be a positive force on the field," Caldwell said.
"I motivate them, I yell at them. I'm old and I'm there in guidance I guess.
"I'm very proud of the girls."
"We have some young, good talent and Alex (Farrell) has done a fantastic year as coach.
"We've got Haacky (Emma Haack) in the middle and Madelyn and Jackie (Thurston) up front, Kara (Fines) out wide is awesome."
Moore Park challenged Bingera and the eventual premiers didn't have the game all their own way.
Youngster Rebecca Goulding was outstanding, Taryn Gollshewsky was dangerous when she was drifted forward and Tyla Harrison kept Bingera on its toes.
Division 1 2014
Sonia Hughes Memorial Trophy, Golden Boot: Emma Trudgian (ATW).
Player of the final: Debbie Caldwell (Bingera).
Player of the year: Kara Fines (Bingera).
League Champions: Bingera.