A CSUFC derby is a calendar highlight for those lucky enough to compete in one, but for housemates and fellow third-grade Vixens coaches Evie Chalwell and Stacey Tomlinson a friendship will be put on hold for 90 minutes.
Chalwell and Tomlinson share their current house with fellow Vixens Jessica Stephens and Julia Elks. The former plays her football for Chalwell’s white outfit, while the latter joins Tomlinson in a red side who will be out for revenge following a 1-0 loss in the opening derby of the season some months ago.
It’s been an up and down season for both teams, who are locked in a battle to secure a finals spot with the number of weeks left in the 2017 season continuing to dwindle.
This match is vitally important for their finals hopes, but for Chalwell and Tomlinson, it represents an opportunity to bring out their competitive sides in a fierce clash against a close friend who, for 90 minutes, becomes an adversary.
“Things can get a little tense around derby time and the house really becomes Jess and I versus Stacey and Julia,” Chalwell said.
“Usually we’re all about helping each other but when it comes to football, this becomes the time we get to show our competitive spirits and battle it out for supremacy.”
While both of our 3rd Grade Vixens sides continue to jostle for position at the business end of the season, it’s a different story for our 1st Grade Men.
It’s all to play for still for 1st Grade White as Mitch Kunnen and Cal Williams’ side fight an uphill battle to retain their minor premiership with every fixture a must win if they are to best a quality Panorama Red outfit for the top spot.
Meanwhile, Rhys Manners’ First Grade Red side are out of finals contention following a tough campaign which sees them sit 8th on the ladder with just four games to play. It’s all about bragging rights as the two sides meet for the second time this season at Proctor Park on Sunday.
Their initial meeting saw White escape with a tough 1-0 victory care of a lone Felix Crohaw strike, with an equally hard-fought contest expected this time around.