Broadmeadow Magic have had arguably their most successful years in the NPL Women’s NNSW competition, crowned premiers and now looking to be overall champions in this weekend’s grand final match.
But one thing Magic have not ticked off their bucket list since joining the competition in 2020 is playing in a grand final.
Magic were crowned premiers in 2021 but did not have the chance to play in a grand final due to COVID-19 disrupting the season.
Captain Kalista Hunter is thrilled to lead her side out in the club’s first grand final.
“I’m so excited, I haven’t been in a grand final for a few years so very excited. The girls are buzzing,” Hunter said.
“We are excited to be in the grand final.”
Hunter has been a part of the side since the club joined the competition and believes that finally making a grand final is a reward of their hard work of her and her teammates throughout the years.
The captain sees the 2023 season as their most settled season, despite players moving in and out of the squad due to unavailability and injuries.
“A lot of us girls have been playing together for four years now and it just feels like all of our hard work has paid off,” Hunter said.
“We have been really consistent all year. We’ve had players out a lot. I don’t think we have played with our full-strength team that many games this season, so I think we have a lot more depth this year and it’s been great.
“I’m feeling super proud.”
Magic have not lost to Olympic this season, with one draw and three wins under their belt. Hunter expects another hotly contested match up and is desperate to lift the championship trophy with her team.
“I want to win so badly. A win would be everything,” Hunter said.
“It’s always a good match between us and Olympic so it should make for a good game.”
Hunter is hoping that her team can reap the benefits of playing the biggest match of their season on home turf, with the fixture to be played at Magic Park.
“I think it will be an advantage for sure. It should be anyways.”
Hunter will lead Magic’s fight against Olympic for the championship title at Magic Park on Sunday at 5pm.
Find out all match day information for this weekend’s grand finals here.
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