The Daylesford and Hepburn United Soccer Seniors will play in the BDSA league grand final this coming Saturday at Morshead Park Stadium Pitch. The team will be pitted against Ballarat Red, who have had a strong season and gave Daylesford a major scare in the Qualifiying final. The grand final will be on the best soccer pitch outside of Melbourne, the Morshead Park Stadium Pitch, which is full size and the best surface outside of AAMI park.
The Daylesford lineup will be a little changed from its league winning team, with the absence of goal scoring maestro Abdel Bennani, who is vacationing in Europe. The club also has injury worries with its other two star strikers, Sebastian Bjornside and Harry Robb. Robb and Bjornside will be subject to fitness tests, but with youth on their sides, and a lot of goals, they will be vital on the massive pitch. Also missing with be super catch Sebastian Douglas, who is still recovering from broken fingers.
Super coach Dragi Koleski said “The lads have played well all season and have been the most consistent team and I hope we can win the Grand Final also”. “Ballarat played very well in the first final and have youth on their side, and some quality midfield, so it will be a very close game” noted Koleski. Ballarat will be looking to salvage something from their lost season, after a slow start, and plenty of talent to match Daylesford in midfield.
Daylesford captain Shanka Hackenburgar was pleased with the league title win, and said “I’m very proud of playing group this season, we have committed, trained hard and played some attacking soccer all year”. “The game will be won in midfield no doubt, with our experience and pace up front, we believe we will score goals and finish off a great year”. The last time Daylesford made the grand final was 5 years ago, in Division 2, when they defeated Vikings in a dramatic penalty shootout. Prior to that, it was 14 years ago.
Please come along and support the lads in their quest for the league and cup double. The game kicks off at 11.30am on Saturday 19th of September, on the Stadium Pitch at Morshead Park, Ballarat.