Glee eclipse Coraki
GLEE has set a new benchmark in Far North Coast hockey with its 10th consecutive A-grade women’s major premiership surpassing the dominant Coraki A-grade men’s team of the 1990s.
In the women’s grand final last Saturday, Glee defeated a spirited and tenacious Northern Star 3-0 to bring up their 10th straight title.
Coraki won nine A-grade men’s premierships from 1989 to 1997.
Only two of the Glee players, Emily Savins and Cassie Douglas, have been in all the premiership sides. In all, 45 players have been part of the 10 grand final victories.
A core group of players including Renee Dunstan, Stacey Savins, Margie Pembroke, Laura Essex, Kim Chappel and Megan Kendall have figured prominently.
Rhonda Mathers has been coach since 1989 and in that time has guided Glee to 15 major premierships – in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997,1999 and from 2001 to 2010.
For Mathers, the grand final win initially brought relief more than excitement.
“There was a lot of pressure and we had to be prepared mentally and physically for a tough encounter,” she said.
“As coach I am really fortunate to have had such a strong core group of talented players, some of whom I have coached at Lismore High and Glee since they started high school and are now in their mid-20s.”
Glee also took out the A reserve grade minor and major premierships and the club championship.