Angels defend title in Night Series final

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beckenham Angels are hoping to win a second successive Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division Night Series title when they face Northern Redbacks at Coker Park on Sunday.

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The Angels, who beat Queens Park in last year’s final, are unbeaten in this year’s Night Series. But they will have to be at their best against a Redbacks side they have not beaten since 2013.

Redbacks, who have a 100 percent Night Series record, will head into the final full of confidence after overcoming Bankwest Women State League Premier Division Champions Queens Park 1-0 in the semi-final.

Newly appointed Redbacks coach Conrad McKelvie said the pre-season competition was a great way to experiment with his players.

“It was about finding the best combination of those players and implementing a system that would allow the player’s abilities to best complement each other,” McKelvie said.

“On this count the team has done well, they’ve adapted to different approaches by ourselves and other teams each week and done it fairly successfully.”

Former UWA-Nedlands coach McKelvie said the Angels were a close-knit group of players who have had great success in the past.

“Beckenham have technically sound players all over the pitch and some match winners who have shown their worth through the Night Series,” he said.

“We will play to our strengths, and I think that this will result in a great exhibition between two excellent teams in the final.”

Angels coach Jason Washington-King said Redbacks had a well-balanced team with lots of depth.

“The way Redbacks have played to date they have had a lot of players in the middle of the park and it will be a challenge for us to negate this numerical advantage,” he said.

“However if we effectively execute our game plan and play to our full potential, we will give ourselves an excellent shot at winning the game.”

Washington-King said his side has played well at times but had been very inconsistent.

“In order to give ourselves the best chance in the final we need to be more consistent with our effort and application and reduce our errors,” he said.

“We are still settling in and working on structures and roles and responsibilities.

“I’m happy with the resilience and application shown by the team when we have got behind in games and I think we have fought hard to get a result in every match.”

Sunday, March 29 – Coker Park
Women’s Premier Division Night Series Final
Northern Redbacks v Beckenham Angels (7.15pm kick off)

Women’s Division One Night Series Final
Stirling Panthers v Fremantle City (5pm kick off)