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Now for the big dance

The Geelong Falcons have finished off the TAC Cup Girls season in style, beating Western Jets by 55 points. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

GEELONG Falcons coach Jason Armistead has some selection headaches ahead of this week’s TAC Cup Girls Grand Final after his side enjoyed the perfect preparation for the season decider.

The Falcons wrapped up the minor premiership and finished the regular season as the only undefeated side following a comfortable 9.9 (63) to 1.2 (8) win over the Western Jets at Craigieburn.

Nina Morrison booted three goals while Olivia Purcell was one again prominent along with Sachi DeGiacomi, Denby Taylor, Paige Sheppard and Tarryn Love.

The Falcons will take on the Northern Knights in the inaugural Girls Grand Final at Werribee next Saturday afternoon.

Mia Sheppard and Luka Lesoky-Hay are set to return to the line-up next Saturday, meaning Armistead and his match committee have a couple of tough calls to make.

“We’ve had a few injuries over the year so it’s given some of the other girls exposure to play and our depth is really strong,” Armistead told krockfootball.com.au after the game.

“Mia and Luka will both likely come back in so there’s going to be a couple of girls that are really unlucky next week.”

Armistead said victory next Saturday would be just reward for his group and he praised the way they approached today’s match knowing they already had a spot in the Grand Final locked away.

“Our girls pre-game were really switched on and we’ve been talking about having a consistent effort all the time and that’s what they did again,” Armistead said.

“It will be a really nice reward for girls to finish with a premiership and that’s what it’s about at the end of the day.

“All year we’ve focused on not looking too far ahead and making sure we go about it the way we have over the last eight weeks. So we can go into next week with a lot of confidence.

“It will be great to be the first girls team to win the premiership for the Falcons.”

MEANWHILE the Western Jets have ended a six-year losing streak against the Falcons in the TAC Cup Boys competition with a four-goal win at a wind-swept Williamstown.

The Falcons were kept scoreless against the breeze in the second and final terms as the Jets claimed a 9.13 (67) to 7/1 (43) victory, their first over Geelong since 2012.

Falcons coach Danny O’Keefe said their opening term kicking with the wind ultimately proved the difference in the final result.

“I would have thought it was maybe a four to five-goal breeze and and we probably lost it in that first quarter,” O’Keefe said

“Even though I had belief that the players could bring it back – and we certainly were still in the game in the last quarter – we could have really put it in the bed in the first quarter and quite a few things went wrong.

“It was a scrappy day. It wasn’t a day where we could play our normal skilled kicking game and spread. It was a day where it was inside the contest and it was just about getting the ball forward and we simply didn’t play to that instruction.

“But the positive was we were right in the game the whole way through without playing good footy.”

Big man Dane Hollenkamp worked hard in defence along with co-captains Sam Walsh and Oscar Brownless while Ben Morton earnt praise from O’Keefe for continuing to fill a role negating role in the midfield.

The Falcons head to Trevor Barker Oval next Sunday afternoon to take on the Sandringham Dragons, a replay of last year’s thrilling Grand Final.

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TAC CUP GIRLS ROUND 9

GEELONG 4.1 5.6 7.8 9.9 (63)

WESTERN 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 (8)

Goals: Geelong: Morrison 3 DeGiacomi 2 Tierney 2 Vella Walmsley.

Western: Greiser.

Best: Geelong: Purcell Morrison Love Sheppard DeGiacomi Taylor.

At RAMS Arena.

TAC CUP ROUND 6

WESTERN 2.3 5.8 6.9 9.13 (67)

GEELONG 3.2 3.1 7.1 7.1 (43)

Goals: Western: Cassar 3 Clarke 2 Chak Andrews Kyriazis Thar.

Geelong: Karpala McHenry Torpy Walsh Brownless Wilson Idun.

Best: Western: Radovanovic Butters O’Halloran Cassar Andrews Walters.

Geelong: Hollenkamp Walsh Brownless Morton Cartledge Rayner. At Williamstown Football Ground.

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