Tinana shot down by Rovers
ONE thing is for certain – it’s going to go down to the wire in the race to win the ultimate finals berth in the Maryborough District Hockey Association women’s A1 competition.
With one round to go, two teams, Tinana and Brothers, are facing all-or-nothing games this Saturday to earn the right to contest the finals with Wallaroos, Granville Rovers and United Panthers.
Tinana’s hopes of securing an automatic place in the finals were left in tatters after defending premiers, Granville Rovers, comprehensively beat them 4-0 on Saturday evening.
Jessica Brunke (two), Erin Crick and Kiah Hawker were on target for Granville Rovers.
Bottom-of-the-ladder Brothers had the bye but are now level on points with Tinana.
A better for-and-against record is what’s keeping Tinana fourth at present.
Tinana coach Kathy Rogers said there was only one equation for her players when they tackle third-placed United Panthers this week – win.
“We cannot afford to think about results in other games,” Rogers, who took over the coaching duties this year, said.
“We must focus on the job we have to do and that’s it.
“Our minds have got to be on playing United Panthers and nothing else.
“If we win, then we can think about playing finals hockey.”
In the other game of the round, goals from Belinda Kenny and Jodie Cullum were enough for Wallaroos, the minor premiers, to beat United Panthers 2-0.
In the men’s division, competition leaders, Granville Tigers beat Wallaroos 4-0.
Joel Helmstedt (two), Jon-Paul Kahler and Trent Rosin were on target for Granville Tigers.
A goal from young Australian representative Josh Mynott couldn’t prevent Brothers from losing 2-1 against Cooloola Heat in Gympie.