Don’t call us favourites, warns Slough coach Kat
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.