THE toast of the Tweed Valley Kings - members of the women's Premier League side who this week downed competition leaders Nerang to move into second place on the Gold Coast Soccer ladder; Maddy Robers, Izzy Briggs, Georgia Gilberston, Sophie Towner, Chani Carttling, Holly Julius, Amanda Brett, Kara Saddler and captain/coach Belinda Dawney.
THE toast of the Tweed Valley Kings - members of the women's Premier League side who this week downed competition leaders Nerang to move into second place on the Gold Coast Soccer ladder; Maddy Robers, Izzy Briggs, Georgia Gilberston, Sophie Towner, Chani Carttling, Holly Julius, Amanda Brett, Kara Saddler and captain/coach Belinda Dawney. Tweed Daily News/Blainey Woodham

Tweed queens hit pitch in style

THE women are reigning supreme at the Tweed Valley Kings.

Belinda Dawney's Premier League side are second on the Gold Coast Soccer league ladder after defeating competition leaders Nerang 3-2 on Monday night.

The win is the second time this season the team have downed the Premier League leaders and the side full of self-belief coming to their final regular season game of the year next Monday night against Broadbeach.

THE outcome of that game will determine the final placings on the ladder with Nerang already locking up the minor premiership and Tweed needing to win or draw to hold second place ahead of third placed Broadbeach.

That would give TVK a vital double shot in the semi finals series.

While pleased with the result, it was the nature of the win that really pleased Dawney.

“Nerang came out firing early and got the jump on us, going up 2-0 after about 15 minutes,” Dawney said.

“However I just the girls to out and hold their heads up and fight it out.

“We stayed focused on our game plan and were able to claw a goal back, going to the half time break down just 2-1.

“We continued that in the second half and were able to be the team to score the goals, putting two on Nerang to take the lead.

“In the second half, it was a game that went end to end with both sides having their chances but not being able to convert.

“Nerang had shots at goal but couldn't find the back of the net.

“Our goalkeeper Kara Saddler was put under a lot of pressure but really stood up.

“She made a great one on one save which kept us in the lead and eventually help us win the match while mid-fielder Sophie Towner also had a very strong game.”

Dawney was more concerned about talking up her team's total performance as a unit while modestly playing the fact that she scored all three goals against her former club.

“Two of the goals were finishes to great lead up work by our side while the third was a bit lucky, just getting through their keeper's hands,” Dawney said.

“There is a good deal of confidence in this side and we are building some good momentum towards the end of the season.

“They are working for each other and we want to finish strongly against Broadbeach.”

The match gets underway at Broadbeach at 7.30pm on Monday night.



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