BURNIE women’s coach Darren Eade says he is disappointed his team has been denied its home ground advantage for Sunday’s State League grand final against Clarence.
The game will be played at Devonport Oval on Sunday, after concerns were raised about the surface of West Park for the game, given the men will play a State League match on it the day before.
Burnie’s Emma Humphries in action during a game earlier this year. The Burnie Dockers have been stripped of the right to play the State League women’s grand final at West Park on Sunday. Picture: Meg Windram.
“I’m disappointed, because we won the right to play it at home,” Eade said.
“But at the end of the day we’re not too fussed where we play them, we just want to win.”
The Dockers had earned home ground advantage by easily winning the semi-final against reigning premier Clarence at West Park on August 3.
Further adding spice to Sunday’s contest is a verbal stoush between Eade and Clarence women’s coach Andy Smith which eventuated after what Eade described as excessive physicality from the Clarence side.
“We won by 11 goals, and they are not used to getting beaten, especially in finals,” he said.
Smith said he didn’t wish to comment on the confrontation or specifics of the semi-final, saying it was “done and dusted” and that the team just wanted to focus on the upcoming game.
“We were pretty poor in the semi-final, but the two games before that there was only a seven-point difference,” he said.
“They will go in as favourites having won three against us so we will need to be at our best.”
Sunday’s game will start at 12pm.
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