NORTH United is within striking distance of becoming the first club to complete a Ballarat and District Soccer Association premiership division one double.
United faces Ballarat Red Devils in the open division grand final on the Morshead Park synthetic pitch tonight.
This will follow North United Black’s clash with Vikings in the women’s division one premiership play-off earlier in the day.
This is only third year of the BDSA open women’s competition.
Warrnambool took out the inaugural flag in 2011 – the same year Ballarat claimed the division one premiership – and North United White triumphed last year in the women’s grand final while Warrnambool took the honours in the division one competition.
NORTH United coach Ash Morris says reaching the Ballarat and District Soccer Association division one open grand final today is a bonus.
Morris took on the job at North with a three-year plan.
“We’re two years ahead.
“We didn’t think we’d get this far (this season),” he said.
North United meets Ballarat Red Devils, which last won the premiership two years ago, at Morshead Park tonight.
Morris said he was not concerned about his team’s record against the Reds this season or what the Reds might do.
The coach believes it was all about North concentrating on playing its own game.
“We have to hold the style we want,” he said.
Morris said the focus would be on maintaining possession, as it had been all season while introducing youth and making players as flexible as possible as to where they played.He said he had worked hard on introducing a more professionalism in the club for long-term growth.
Ballarat captain Daryl Tauschke is among the players from the 2011 premiership still playing.
He said the Reds had gone through a rebuilding process last season and reaching the grand final had reflected the depth of the club.Ballarat defeated league champion Warrnambool in a penalty shoot-out in the second semi-final to earn a direct path to the grand final.
Tauschke said getting the week off after playing 120 minutes had been beneficial and put Ballarat in good stead.There was little between North United, which finished third and then defeated Vic Park in the cut-throat first semi-final, and Ballarat in the home and away season.They each won once and had two draws in four meetings.
Round 5: Ballarat 2 d North United 0
Round 10: Ballarat 0 drew with North United 0
Round 15: North United 1 d Ballarat 0
Round 20: Ballarat 1 drew with Ballarat 1