Sport

Rovers will fight for title

Maryborough hockey - Granville versus Tinana - striking the winning shot, Brooke Savage.
Maryborough hockey - Granville versus Tinana - striking the winning shot, Brooke Savage. Valerie Horton

GRANVILLE Rovers coach James Bristow says his team can't afford to have a weak link among his group heading into this year's Maryborough and District women's grand final.

The Rovers were forced to overcome a gritty Tinana on Saturday to book a date in the decider with the Wallaroos.

In a willing affair, Tinana's trademark manic, desperate defence did everything to unsettle the Rovers, but a second half penalty corner from Brooke Savage sealed the 1-0 victory.

A delighted Bristow praised Granville's ability to grind out a win and felt his side was ready to bring the heat against the Wallaroos.

"It's got to give the girls confidence they can grind it out in defence and attack," he said.

The Wallaroos have enjoyed the luxury of having the week off after defeating Granville 2-1 in the first week of the finals, but Bristow felt his team has ticked all the boxes heading into this year's decider.

"The Roos won't be an easy game to play, it's a grand final and sometimes it just comes down to who wants it the most and who is prepared to do the hardest work to get the result they want," he said.

"Last time we played the Roos, they were harder and tighter in defence on our girls and denied us a bit so we've got to be able to do the same to them.

"Everyone has got to be on their game and make the most of their opportunities when they come.

"Everyone has to play their role and play it well and as a team hopefully it will all come together."

Both Division 1 grand finals will be fought out between the Wallaroos and Granville after the Wallaroos smashed the Young Guns 7-0 on Saturday.

RESULTS

Division 1 preliminary finals

Women's: Granville 1 (B Savage) def Tinana 0

Men's: Wallaroos 7 def Young Guns 0

Division 1 grand finals on Saturday

Women's: Wallaroos v Granville at 3.30pm

Men's: Granville v Wallaroos at 5pm



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