Ballarat talent on display in Herald Sun Shield final

GAME ON: Ballarat Grammar's senior girls football team is ready to take on Hallam Secondary College in Wednesday's Herald Sun Shield grand final at Geelong's GMHBA Stadium. Picture: Steve McDonnell
GAME ON: Ballarat Grammar's senior girls football team is ready to take on Hallam Secondary College in Wednesday's Herald Sun Shield grand final at Geelong's GMHBA Stadium. Picture: Steve McDonnell

Ballarat Grammar will have two teams competing in Herald Sun Shield grand finals on Wednesday, with the senior girls set to take on Hallam Secondary College and the intermediate girls playing Sacred Heart College Geelong at GMHBA stadium.

Coach Matt Hanlon said it was a unique opportunity to have both teams in grand finals on the one day.

“The intermediate squad, they just need to be calm in front of goal – they kicked 6.19 in their semi final,” he said. “And for our senior girls, we want to really use the space of the stadium, we’re a quick, athletic team.”

The intermediate team made the grand final by a kick and will be well equipped for pressure situations.

The senior side, which is going for a three-peat, will be without co-captain Lauren Butler, who broke her hand.

“It’s a big hole, but a good opportunity for everyone else to increase their input and make sure they are doing their role to the best of their ability,” Hanlon said.

Meanwhile, Ballarat Clarendon College is playing in a Herald Sun Country Shield semi final against Lowanna College at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn on Wednesday.

Coach Brad Macgowan said the opposition had an unprecedented amount of talent and predicted it to be a superpower in the future.

“Our team plays with college spirit, which is doing the little things that help you win a game, the one percenters.”