Don’t call us favourites, warns Slough coach Kat

The Hockey Paper - - SUPER 6S - By Dave Wright

SLOUGH were the sur­prise win­ners of the Women’s In­door League ti­tle at Telford, but they don’t re­gard them­selves as favourites go­ing into Su­per 6s Fi­nals Day.

Team cap­tain Kat Mc­Go­nigle ex­plained: “I think most peo­ple will ex­pect Bow­don to be favourites.”

They were the only team to beat the Pink ‘n’ Blacks, de­feat­ing them 4-2 on the league’s open­ing week­end in De­cem­ber, but while Bow­don went on to suf­fer two de­feats on the fi­nal day last week, Slough re­mained un­beaten.

“When we played them we were not quite at our best, but then prob­a­bly it was not their best game ei­ther,” ad­mit­ted Mc­Go­nigle.

“They are a very strong side and had their Wem­b­ley place sewn up by Satur­day night, so that is why they may have slipped up on the Sun­day.

“We are a strong side our­selves, as we showed over both week­ends of the league, and if both of us make it through to the fi­nal, then it should be a very good game.”

For that to hap­pen, Slough need to beat Sut­ton Cold­field, the team that fin­ished fourth over­all, while Bow­don must get past Can­ter­bury. And the Berk­shire out­fit will cer­tainly be favourites to win their semi-fi­nal.

“We beat them 9-3 be­fore Christ­mas, which was our big­gest win of the com­pe­ti­tion and their big­gest loss, al­though they (Sut­ton Cold­field) did go on to win all of their other three games that week­end,” added Mc­Go­nigle. “We played re­ally well against them and so are pleased to be playing them again.”

Dilly New­ton scored a hat-trick in that big win and she went on to fin­ish as her club’s top scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion with nine goals, one ahead of Ash­pal Bho­gal, both scor­ing seven goals from penalty corners.

Mc­Go­nigle com­mented: “As Alex Scott isn’t playing this year after hav­ing a baby, Ash­pal has be­come one of our cor­ner strik­ers, so it was good to have her in the side and see­ing her score some goals.

“Other also chipped in with some goals, and we also de­fended well, so it was a good all-round team ef­fort. Hope­fully, we can pro­duce that again at Wem­b­ley.”

Slough, who were beaten semi-fi­nal­ists in 2014 and 2015 will have plenty of sup­port at the SSE Arena as they re­ceived more than 100 re­quests for tick­ets within 24 hours of them qual­i­fy­ing for one of the most ex­cit­ing days in the hockey cal­en­dar.

The club’s Betsy Om­mala helped her Kenyan side, Or­ange Telkom, re­tain the African Cup for Clubs Cham­pi­ons when they de­feated GRA of Ghana 2-0 in Nairobi on Sun­day.

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