Fury aims for big prize

ROB BRODIE, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

The Ottawa Fury are right where they want to be.

Well, almost.

With home-field advantage and a 13-1-0 regular season behind them, the Fury are a confident bunch heading into this weekend's W-League Eastern Conference championship tournament at Keith Harris Stadium.

"We're confident. This is kind of where we expected to be at the beginning of the year," said Fury top gun Kelly Parker yesterday on the eve of today's 5 p.m. semi-final match against the Long Island Lady Riders (8-6-0).

The Toronto Lady Lynx (11-3-0) and Boston Renegades (9-5-0) square off in today's other semi-final at 2 p.m. Today's two winners play off for the conference crown tomorrow, also at 2 p.m.

With that honour will go a berth in next weekend's North American championship at the home pitch of the New Jersey Wildcats.

The Fury have made the W-League's Final Four the past two years, placing fourth in 2003 and third a year ago on their home field. Given that success, getting there isn't good enough anymore.

"The first year, we were just happy to be there," said Parker, a Saskatoon native who led the Fury with 14 goals this season. "We knew we had a good team, but we didn't know how we stacked up against the bigger teams.

"Now we know we can compete for a championship."

rob.brodie@ott.sunpub.com


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