From whipping girls to a force to be reckoned with in women’s football.
That is the story of the Northview High School-based Croesus Ladies who have undergone a humongous transformation since their arrival in this neck of the woods last year.
From whipping girls in the days of their residency in Randburg, the side decided to move and packed up its bags and headed for Balfour where they have set up home for close to two years.
The move seemed to pay dividends as the side was known as the whipping girls of the Sasol Women’s League and prior to that, the Absa Women’s League.
As things stand in the current 2018 season of the Sasol League, Croesus have performed miracles as they are peaked at the prime number three spot, with 31 points from 11 games they have played so far.
Of those 11 games, they have won 10 and drew one, with four games still to spare before they embark on the arduous second round of the league. They tail log leaders Tshwane University of Technology Ladies (Tut Ladies) with eight points.
In fact, Croesus are joint second spot holders on the log with Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies as they both stand at 31 points apiece but the Brazilian Ladies occupy the second spot by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Sundowns Ladies, Palace Super Falcons of Thembisa, JVW Ladies of Bedfordview and Tut Ladies are the well-known powerhouses of football in this country.
Croesus have outperformed themselves this season as they have overtaken two other perennial superpowers Falcons and JVW of Banyana Banyana skipper Janine van Wyk. They recently beat struggling Bluebirds Ladies 6–1.
JVW lies fourth on the log with 30 points from 12 games while the fifth-placed side is Falcons with 28 points, also from 12 games.
The league championship has always been dominated by Sundowns Ladies and Falcons over the years and a new powerhouse is in the making in the name of Croesus Ladies.
The North Eastern Tribune has been trying to establish a relationship with the team but its coach Daniel Tshidi has proved to be rather elusive since they relocated to Balfour.
We have met with him several times and indicated we would like to give them some space in the Tribune since they are in its footprint, but nothing has been forthcoming.