Northern shoot for big double

By Cameron Leslie

Whangarei soccer sensation Katie Rood will look to put last weekend's penalty shot shocker behind her as her Northern Football Federation team take on Auckland in tomorrow's grand final.

Defending champions Northern will put their ASB Women's League title on the line against cross-town rivals Auckland, after earlier this season drawing 2-all and winning 5-2.

Chasing their first title since 2009, six-time champions Auckland last week booked their place in the final after toppling the Mainland Pride 3-1 in Christchurch.

Northern booked their place in the grand final with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over a determined Capital side thanks to a Hannah Hoeksema brace.

Last season, Northern edged Capital 1-0 in the semifinal before going on to claim their maiden national title by defeating Waikato 3-0 in the final, courtesy of two goals to Northland's Hannah Wilkinson and one to Rebecca Burrows. It was the first time a team other than Auckland or Capital had won the national women's league.

Northern will host the grand final by virtue of finishing the top qualifier of the northern conference.

The curtainraiser sees the Northern Development Team take on a Glenfield Rovers Select XI at 10.30am.

Northern: 1-Pam Yates (gk), 2-Bridgette Armstrong, 3-Briar McNamara, 4-Estelle Harrison, 5-Caitlin Smallfield, 6-Kate Seatter, 7-Tayla O'Brien, 8-Rebecca Burrows, 9-Georgia Brown, 11-Katie Rood, 14-Hannah Hoeksema; 15-Tessa Berger, 17-Tiffany Patterson, 20-Ana Clark, 22-Dallas Olsen, 24-Elise Donavon (gk).

WHO: Northern vs Auckland

WHEN: Tomorrow at 1pm

WHERE: Fred Taylor Park, Whenuapai

- Northern Advocate

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