NOOSA'S Keirra Trompf can remember the bad times and now she plans to savour the good ones.
Trompf was a little bit hoarse and a little bit overawed yesterday after the Queensland Firebirds won through to their maiden ANZ Championship grand final on Monday night.
The 25-year-old defender played every minute of the side’s 50-39 major semi-final victory over the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic as the side continued its amazing 14-game unbeaten run.
Trompf said it had been a bumpy road for the team after falling one spot short of the semi-finals three years in a row, but she had caught sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.
“For me, it’s been the ones who have been there constantly for me, my friends and family, who have kept me going,” she said.
“They’ve been the ones who have been there when it’s tough, and it means so much for them to be able to be part of the ride.
“At times it’s been hard to see the positives, but I’ve shared it all with my friends and family.
“Last year we finished fifth for the third season in a row and it was heartbreaking.
“It’s tough, being a team sport. You have such highs and lows. It’s going to be extreme going into the grand final.”
Trompf went down late in the second half on Monday with what appeared to be a lower leg injury.
She said she was not under an injury cloud and had called for treatment purely as a precautionary measure.
She also revealed she was partly playing possum and trying to take the steam out of a Magic resurgence.
The club’s first grand final appearance will mark the beginning of an exciting couple of months for Trompf, who is to marry her fiance, Chris Massoud, at the end of the year.
The Firebirds will have the week off before facing the winner of this weekend’s preliminary final between the Magic and the Northern Mystics.
The Firebirds will not, however, have the weekend all to themselves. They will square off against the Queensland men’s team in an intraclub friendly on Friday.
Trompf said the team was not taking its winning streak for granted and would keep up the intensity in the coming two weeks.
“We’re all really excited at the moment to have a home grand final,” she said.
“We’re fully aware that we have a couple of weeks to prepare. We enjoyed the win, but we’re going to head to training and start working on our game plan for whoever we’re going to play – the Magic or the Mystics.”
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