Grafton High stake finals claim
GRAFTON High has sent a warning to its finals opposition with a 5-0 thrashing of Demons in an A-grade Grafton Women's Hockey Association match last Wednesday night.
The high school team ran riot in the Demons' defensive circle, hammering home five unanswered goals.
Tayla Hamilton headlined the scorers' sheet with two for her personal tally, while Millie Payne, Justine Newman and Kiralee Monkhouse chimed in with a goal each.
"The girls played really well as a team," Grafton High manager Michelle Blanch said.
"Great ball distribution was the reason behind so many opportunities on goal, and the finishing was also a highlight."
McAuley also had a positive result to lock in its berth for the major semi-final with a 2-0 win over Kylies. McAuley will play Grafton High in the final round of regular competition tomorrow night, before meeting it a week later in the major semi.
"If things go to plan we might have to play them three games in a row," McAuley coach Peter Herden said.
"Wednesday's match will be like a preliminary for the major semi-final, and I'm happy with how things are going for our team.
"We had virtually a full side last week and are hoping to have our best team on the field again tomorrow."
While Herden admitted that it took his side the whole match to wind up and score its two goals, he was happy to continue flying under the radar in terms of the premiership.
"We will just keep poking along," he said.
"It only takes two wins at the right time to win the premiership from here on in, and I'm pretty happy with how things sit at the moment."