Champs aim to go back-to-back

WINNERS: The Kingfishers celebrate their championship win in 2022.
WINNERS: The Kingfishers celebrate their championship win in 2022.

WHEN co-coaches Keith Gee and Rob Brown took on the Kingfishers Women’s league team in 2022 they bravely aimed to win a premiership within three years.

They achieved their goal 12 months early as the women stormed home last season to not only take the Southern Division, but also the Cross River championship.

Playing their best matches of the year to win consecutive finals didn’t come as a shock to Rob Brown.

“We concentrated on strengthening our defence over the last six weeks of the competition and it paid off with two big wins,” he said.

“We were ready to take on the powerful  Carina Tigers in the grand-final and a stirring pre-game speech by Keith Gee had the girls focused and fired up.

“The Northern Division title was won by the Banyo Devils with a thumping  56-0 performance and we knew when we met them for the Cross River trophy it was going to be a difficult assignment,” he said.

With pre-season training still more than a month away the Kingfishers are scouting for more players to join their squad after around five from last season dropped out.

“In all we’d like to have about 25 players for the squad and I can guarantee those who come to play will have a lot of fun,” Rob said.

“Some of the girls who first joined us at the start of 2022 were just looking to have a game each weekend, now they are dedicated to keeping their champion’s title alive.”

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