Bright future for Tinana as young stars flourish
TINANA can start to get excited about the future, after young quartet Maree Woods, Brooke Hansen, Mikeely Waldock and Lily McCabe all shone during the team's 9-1 victory over the All Blacks in its Inter-City Premier League clash in Maryborough on Saturday.
With prolific scorer Tahnee Manski expected to be sidelined for most of the season with a serious foot injury, and key player Hannah Gibbs also absent, Tinana's women still turned in one of its best performances this season, scoring six second-half goals to crush their Bundaberg opposition.
More than anything, it was a chance for some of Tinana's up-and-coming players to show they can step up and handle the pressure and expectation of first division, most notably striker Maree Woods.
Using the width of the pitch and speed to her advantage, Woods, in her first year with Tinana, banged in a hat-trick and demonstrated clever stick work - running with intent to find space and provide quality passes to her teammates.
"Maree is really quick off the mark and with the other three girls, they add a lot of pace and a good scoring combination," Tinana coach Kathy Rogers said.
"She carries the ball well, but can also pass it back in for the others to score."
Brooke Hansen was also in goal-scoring form, smashing a double, while Mikeely Waldock and Lily McCabe added spark and enthusiasm that lifted the team.
Rogers was effusive in her praise for her young charges, saying she had no hesitation calling up them up when required.
"The young kids had to step up on Saturday. They didn't have her (Manski) up front and that was a big ask for them, but they did really well," she said.
"We still don't have an over-abundance of players, but we have a good core between our Division 1 and Division 2 sides and those younger girls are really stepping up to the mark when they come up to Division 1, so I'm more than happy with that."