After the longest of seasons packed with the most unpredictable of twists and turns, it was Manly Vale who came out on top yet again to seal back-to-back MWFA Premier League Women’s titles.
Final day drama around the grounds saw Vale snatch the championship from a previously undefeated Mosman side.
Roland Winter and Tony Bruzzano’s side got the job done with a comfortable 4-1 win over Brookvale thanks to goals from Grace Jacobs, Jemima Lockley, Jules Waugh and Georgia Goulding.
Following full time, news filtered through that Vale’s neighbours Manly Allambie had done them a monumental favour, inflicting defeat upon Mosman for the first time all season with a 3-0 victory at Millers.
The results closed a three-point gap at the summit and saw both sides finish the season on 26 points, with Vale handed the title due to their superior goal difference.
Their co-coach Roland Winter lauded how his side overcame a challenging campaign in many respects to defend their title.
“It’s been a challenging year in so many ways,” he said.
“We just had to pace ourselves every week and plan for the following weekend each time not knowing what’s actually going to happen.
“It’s been a very tough competition, every team can win on their day, and Mosman have done a great job being at the forefront all season.
“We didn’t really think about it (winning the title), especially during the game. It was only after the game when someone mentioned that the other result that we realized.
“It was a nice little surprise to finish the season proper.”
In other results, Seaforth shored up third spot with a 1-0 win over a resurgent Beacon Hill while Pittwater and Wakehurst played out a 2-2 draw.
In the reserve grade competition, it was Seaforth who pipped Manly Vale to take home the title by the narrowest of margins. In an identical scenario to first grade, both sides finished on 26 points, but this time Vale fell short on goal difference.
In the W-AL/1 competition, a breakaway top two saw Curl Curl narrowly edge out Belrose-Terry Hills for the title.