DO OR DIE: Jess Brunke will line up for Granville Rovers against United in today’s Maryborough and District grand final.
DO OR DIE: Jess Brunke will line up for Granville Rovers against United in today’s Maryborough and District grand final. Alistair Brightman

Rovers keen to put end to title drought

WHILE Granville's men's team will be shooting for a stunning 15th straight Maryborough and District Division 1 title tonight, the club's women's outfit will be hoping to end a premiership drought.

With an opportunity to end United's dominance and reinstate themselves as the queens of Maryborough hockey, Rovers captain Kim Bristow said they were in good shape to claim this year's title.

"We've got no injuries and we're all fighting fit and ready for the game," she said.

"We're all pretty positive coming into this game and because it's been a while since we've won one (grand final) we're all hungry for a win."

The Rovers were last crowned Maryborough and District women's premiers in 2009, while United will be aiming for back-to-back titles.

Since losing to United in the Inter-City Premier League grand final in July, the Rovers have been unbeaten and Bristow said the group was keen to make amends.

"There's a little bit of good motivation there and it is always in the back of your mind, but we try not to dwell on it," she said.

"We've talked about ball possession and protecting the ball and since the Premier League we've all stepped up another level and improved ourselves in that area."

The Rovers have beaten United in their past two encounters and Bristow expects United to come out hard.

"I think they're going in there expecting a tough hard game this week and will pull out all stops to win another premiership," she said.

"They've got a few quick ones and a lot of young representative players so we've just reinforced in training what we can do to combat how they play."

The Wallaroos have the considerable task of trying to bring an end to Granville's 15-year reign as premiers.

In his first season in charge, Wallaroos coach Tim Evans has had some success against the formidable Tigers this year, but Aaron Kenny's men showed their intent with a 4-2 triumph in the first week of the finals.



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