A First-Grade Ladies major semi-final clash with Panorama FC will see former NSW Country player and current CSUFC president Meaghan Kempson come up against a number of familiar faces from her time in elite football.
They’ve been the best two teams all year, but on Sunday the slate will be wiped clean as one of CSUFC and Panorama will be sent straight through to the Zambrero Premier League grand final and the other relegated to a do or die playoff clash.
For Vixens midfielder Kempson, the stakes couldn’t be higher as she faces off against a side jam-packed with players she shared a dressing room with over six years of representative football.
Panorama coach Tony Clancy was a senior coach at the Western NSW Mariners during Kempson’s time there. The Vixen also played in a team which comprised Panorama players Kelsey and Morgan Sherman, Brooke Inwood, Katie Long, Hayley Cheney and Maddy Gallegos whom she will take to the field against come Sunday.
The CSUFC president expects a high-quality clash when the two sides meet for a third time in 2017, with her side having emerged victorious in the opening two matches between the two outfits.
“I’m expecting it to be a very fast paced game, quite physical but all within the rulebook of course. It always is with Panorama, they know how to use their bodies well. The key to winning the game will be keeping the ball on the ground and passing and moving. Whichever team is putting in the hard yards off the ball will come away with the win.”
However, CSUFC’s leading goalscorer for 2017 believes her girls will have what it takes to come away with the win.
“I think that we can get home having won two from two against them this season. We have been hit pretty hard with injuries this season but that hasn’t stopped us from grinding out a win before.”
The most recent clash saw CSU emerge 3-2 victors and was dubbed by some as the match of the season. A replication of this result would see the First-Grade Vixens appear in their fourth straight premiership decider – and it’s a dynasty which Kempson is proud to be a part of.
“It’s something that I was fortunate enough to walk into in my first year, I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into trials. I underestimated the quality I think, as I joined a group of great girls on and off the park. They won a premiership the year before I got there and it meant everything to me to continue their work. We’ve picked up some great players since and have gone from strength to strength.”
Proctor Park 2 will play host to the clash as the first grand finalist for the Zambrero Premier League is decided. Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm – get down to Proctor to support the Vixens as they aspire to qualify for their fourth straight grand final!