Young guns ready for Grand Final
Portland’s division three women’s hockey side are full of confidence heading into their clash and despite not having a proper run at training during the week, coach Britt England said her side is eager.
“They’re ready to go; it rained all night Tuesday at training so we were in the clubrooms discussing tactics and positions and going over everything before the game.
“I think we’re mentally and physically prepared and their keen as well.”
Portland has a lot of talent across all areas of the field, including the likes of Gabrielle Conheady in attack, who led the division in scoring with 14 goals across the season.
England said her side has a number of standout players and the team gels together seamlessly.
“I think our skill and our speed are our biggest strengths; they’ve got the skills and we can outrun a lot of the ladies on the other team.
“A lot of our girls are under the age of 16 so that helps as well.
“Lynda Smith and Leila Edwards are amazing in defence and they’re key assets for us and Gabby has a lot of skill and she can run rings around people and she’s got a lot of confidence too.”
Portland’s opponent, Strikers, will also be tough overcome with their team orientated style of play always challenging.
“They’ve played together for quite a few seasons and they’re pretty strong in defence and that’s what makes them a tough team to play against.
“We always have good spirited games when we play against them as well.”