Football Federation Victoria
Women’s state league 1
Ballarat v Donaster
at Morshead Park
VETERAN Beth Taylor will play her farewell game for Ballarat Eureka Strikers in Football Federation Victoria women’s state league one on Sunday.
Taylor has decided to hang up her boots after the encounter with bottom team Doncaster Rovers at Morshead Park.
She has been playing soccer for 23 years, including a season with Ballarat in the state premier league in 2005.
It is fitting that her last game will feature Ricky Romein as her coach.
They have had a long association in the sport.
Romein coached Taylor when she was 12 years of age.
Taylor is one of two inclusions for the Strikers, which return to action after missing a week with a wash-out against Yarra Jets.
Georgia Morgan has also been promoted to the senior line-up.
Morgan is part of a young group of players being developed by the Strikers this season.
She has played a handful of games off the bench, but will mark her first senior start against Doncaster.
Ballarat goes into the 13th round in second position - three points adrift of University of Melbourne, which has lost just the one game, with one match in hand.
Melbourne Uni has the advantage when it comes to goal difference, with 38-8 compared with the Strikers' 32-14 record.
This game is a big chance for Ballarat to make some in-roads, Doncaster has just the one point and has conceded 90 goals in 11 games.
Ultimately though, all Strikers can do is focus on is what it can control, and that is keep winning and hope the league leader stumbles at some point.
Ballarat still has seven games to play, including a fixture against Yarra Jets in a catch-up round on Sunday, August 16.
Significantly four of these game will be at home.
These will include a pivotal clash with Melbourne Uni in the last round - a match which could easily decide the championship.
The Strikers also have to face Cairnlea (seventh), Brighton (fifth), Preston (ninth) and North Geelong (third).
Division 1 standings: Uni of Melbourne 28 :points, Ballarat 25, North Geelong 23, Keilor Park 18, Brighton 16, Yarra 15, Cairnlea 13, Monbulk 9, Preston 9, Doncaster 1
Other games this week:
North Geelong v Keilor Park
Cairnlea v Brighton
Melbourne Uni v Monbulk
Preston v Yarra