Grafton High V McAuley Kirrily Monkhouse , Murphy Thompson
Grafton High V McAuley Kirrily Monkhouse , Murphy Thompson Shane Sedger

Women's hockey finals on repeat

GRAFTON High Blues march into Wednesday night's major semi-final against McAuley White on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over the same team last week in the final round of the women's A-grade competition.

The season's results throw up a peculiar  scenario, where the major and minor semi-finals will both be a repeat of the last-round match of the four-team competition.

Demons are full of confidence heading into the minor semi following a 7-0 demolition of Kylies last week.

But Kylies are not giving up on taking further part this season and remain confident of turning the tables tomorrow.

"The girls are still pretty optimistic. Anything can happen in the finals,'' Kylies goalkeeper Kathleen Porteus said.

"Last week was our worst result of the year but we are not going to go out without a fight.

"Last season we beat Demons 7-1, so we know we can do it."

The two school-based teams  will have the luxury of a second chance should they go down in Wednesday night's major.

But after the close encounter last week, neither will be thinking about using the safety net.

"Grafton High can be proud of winning the minor premiership and should be congratulated on it,'' manager Michelle Blanch said.

"But we need to make it count in the final few games of the season and the girls are very excited about their chances."

The goal that decided last week's match was also a good indication of Grafton High's season thus far.

"It was a real team effort and touched a number of sticks on the way past the goalkeeper,'' Blanch said.

"It was also a good reflection of the 37 goals we've scored this year, as they have been shared around pretty evenly.

"And the fact that we kept a clean sheet is something the defenders can be very proud of.

"We have only conceded 10 goals all year and they have been a huge part of the team's success."



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