Cardinals enter the grand final as hot favourites
Women’s A-grade — Cardinals v Saints (4pm tomorrow), Mitchell and Brown Stadium Last round:
Cardinals: Defeated Saints 6-0 (Second semifinal)
Saints: Defeated Australs 2-1 (Preliminary final)
Cardinals: The perennial juggernaut of Geraldton senior women’s hockey has rolled along for another season and has shown no signs of slowing down at any stage. Finished the regular season a perfect 20-0 - scoring 101 goals and only conceding six. Have no shortage of talent across their squad, with Mikala Cooper, Sharnee Dix and Ella Hoefhamer all consistently performing at a high level. Depth and motivation do not appear to have been an issue for the team either, despite being tested during select periods of the season. Will go into tomorrow’s grand final as hot favourites.
Saints: Ended the regular season in second position on the table, before being defeated 6-0 by Cardinals in the second semifinal. Faced Australs in last week’s preliminary final and absorbed early pressure before securing momentum and a foothold in the contest. Were led superbly by Olivia Burr — a player whose performance is imperative for a positive Saints performance tomorrow. Managed to secure victory after Quinn McVee fired home from a penalty corner, before holding off a late Australs rally. Are coached by an astute tactician in Charlene Watters, who is a proved mastermind in big matches at club and representative level. Although going into tomorrow’s game as underdogs, they have a squad and coach capable of dousing the Cardinals’ spark. Men’s A-grade — Casuals v Saints (5.45pm tomorrow),
Mitchell and Brown Stadium Last round:
Casuals: Defeated Saints 3-1 (Second semifinal)
Saints: Defeated Rovers 2-1 (Preliminary final)
Casuals: No strangers to playing in a men’s A-grade grand final, Casuals again enjoyed good times this season. Had a five-point cushion at the season’s end and directly advanced to the grand final after defeating Saints 3-1 in the second semifinal. Were very polished in that game and made the most of penalty corners awarded to them. Have a solid blend of experience and youth sprinkled throughout their squad and would fancy their chances of a positive display tomorrow night.
Saints: Have taken the long road to get to the big dance, after their 3-1 second semifinal defeat to Casuals. Took on Rovers in a thrilling preliminary final and stole ascendancy early with a sixth-minute goal — a lead which they held until early into the second half. Missed backto-back penalty corner opportunities before finally being able to break free and get their noses back in front. Coach Charlene Watters had formed a good rapport with this group; and an opportunity for Saints to claim redemption for their semifinal defeat is well within reach if they are good enough.
Cameron Mercer (Rovers) and Matt O’Neill (Saints) contest possession.