It’s the last game of the 2008-09 season, we have just lost against Rockingham Mandurah at Lark Hill and I have just been presented a large hand crafted wooden spoon. In the team bus on the way back to Perth I sit with a bottle of Riccadonna in one hand and large wooden spoon in the other.

Fast forward to the second last round of this season, again we are playing Rockingham Mandurah at Lark Hill, but this time when the game ends we are congratulating each other on securing a place in the 2009-10 Grand Final.

It has been way too long since our last flag, 14 years. Heather Taylor was the young rising star back then, while our new crew of rising stars were still in nappies.

What a year, full of team highs and achievements, but would we have the skills and desire to win the game that counts against Subiaco Marist, a team with years and years of Grand Final success.

I won the toss and elected to bat, we didn’t get off to a great start losing Heather Taylor for a duck, but straight away our diehard supporters thought it could just be our day. You see last time Middies won the flag Heather Taylor didn’t trouble the scorers on that day either.

Subiaco Marist made us work hard for every run, the rivalry in the air was fierce. We made it to 156 with a 74 run partnership between Pete & myself providing the backbone of the innings.

In the field we threw all we could at Subi but it seemed the experienced pairing of Angele and Cherie were just going to pick off the 3 runs an over needed without any risks.

Sarah Fragomeni got our first break through, trapping Cherie in front. 1-38.

Enter “player of the final” Carla Hunter who bowled the danger-woman Angele with the score on 63. This triggered a rush of wickets; Maddi Smith took the most important catch of her career to dismiss Avril Fahey, while Carla clean bowled the next 2 batters making it 5-100.

With the game in the balance the next pair put on 20 runs to make me very nervous, but then Pete and Heather combined for a brilliant relay-throw direct hit run out. I thought that was good, but Anni showed them both up swooping from point and throwing down the stumps at the bowlers end, 9 – 131.

When Beep took the winning catch off Sarah’s bowling the celebrations begun, the bottle of Riccadonna appeared once again but this time the other hand was clutching the big yellow A grade premiership flag.

Annie was right all day long.... “It was all in the plan”.

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