Queens stumble after top season
THEY have been the Tweed's best-performing outfit in the Gold Coast Soccer competition.
They are the roses that have proven thorns in the Premier League's most-formidable sides.
They have spearheaded a southern invasion on their cross-border rivals and outshone their male counterparts with little recognition.
They are the Tweed Valley Queens.
However their glamorous run came to an abrupt end at Jim Devine Oval on Tuesday night when Palm Beach produced a 2-0 upset to end their finals run a week earlier than they would have liked.
The Queens dominated proceeding for the first 45 minutes and began the better in the second, but a momentary lapse in concentration at the back gifted the Palmy girls one of the easiest goals of their season.
The Queens kept pushing, but failed to find the equaliser. A soft spot kick by Palm Beach in the dying minutes closed the door on any late revival.
“We had a good percentage of possession in the first half but couldn't put the ball in the net,” player/coach Belinda Dawney said.
“I can't say we played badly, because we didn't, and we should have won, but they are the ones who scored and that's what counts at the end of the day.”
Dethroned maybe, but certainly not disheartened.
“It was disappointing to lose obviously, but we've had a great season,” Dawney said.
“No one expected us to finish so high or get as far as we did, so I am proud to be their coach and we'll keep our heads held high.
“It's a credit to this great bunch of girls and the commitment they've shown all year.”