STAR STRIKER: Wanderers' young gun Rowlande Williams scored two goals in her team's preliminary final win over Park Avenue.
STAR STRIKER: Wanderers' young gun Rowlande Williams scored two goals in her team's preliminary final win over Park Avenue. Allan Reinikka ROK020917ahockey1

Wanderers women play way into A-grade grand final

HOCKEY: More of the same. That is what Wanderers A1 women's coach Steven Evans wants from his players after their commanding win in the weekend's preliminary final.

Wanderers defeated second-placed Park Avenue Brothers 4-1 to set up a grand final showdown against reigning premiers Southern Suburbs this Saturday.

A first-half double from Wanderers' young gun Rowlande Williams had Parks on the back foot and, despite narrowing the gap to 2-1 early in the second half, they were unable to contain Wanderers' strike power.

Evans was impressed at the way his team controlled the game, dominating possession and capitalising on its opportunities.

He said Wanderers would need to do that again against Souths, who played a similar style of hockey.

"It's going to be a tough game and could well come down to who turns up on the day,” he said.

"We are definitely peaking at the right time so I'm pretty confident we can go on and get the job done.”

Park Avenue Brothers' player Renee Sweeney goes on the attack against Wanderers.
Park Avenue Brothers' player Renee Sweeney goes on the attack against Wanderers. Allan Reinikka ROK020917ahockey4

Parks' coach Robert Sweeney said his team struggled to find its rhythm against Wanderers.

"We were just not on our game all over the park. We had several opportunities go begging, but basics and general cohesion were lacking,” he said.

Sweeney said that while disappointed to have missed Saturday's decider, he was happy with the season and nominated the team's appearance in the CQ League final as a highlight.

"We are definitely a team on the improve and with our combined youth and experience will look forward to going one step further next year,” he said.

FINALS DRAW

Rockhampton Hockey Association grand finals at Kalka Shades on Saturday

4.20pm: A1 women, Southern Suburbs v Wanderers

6pm: A1 men, Wanderers v Frenchville Rovers



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