Warwick goalie Kerri Fitch is lining up for another grand final in hockey.
Warwick goalie Kerri Fitch is lining up for another grand final in hockey. Gerard Walsh

Break a boost for hockey team

TEAM organiser Toni Cox reckons a two-week break will help the Warwick women’s A3 hockey team as it prepares for the September 10 grand final at Clyde Park in Toowoomba.

Warwick qualified for the season decider with a 2-0 victory against Rangeville on Sunday night in Toowoomba. Megan Neal and Jane Roper were the scorers.

While happy with the win, Cox said it wasn’t the team’s best performance.

“We played in patches. A week off will help the team,” she said.

“Our defence was strong and some players out of position did well.”

With regular centre-half Shannon Armbruster out with a knee injury, Cate Hodgson, Rachael Inmon and Cox rotated through the centre-half, right-half and fullback positions.

Cox said Inmon and inside forwards Jane Roper and Angela Groves were consistently strong all game.

“Jane and Angela set up a lot of attacking opportunities but we didn’t capitalise on them,” she said.

“Goalie Kerri Fidge stopped a number of shots from short corners and at one stage saved a goal when she was faced with three attacking players in the circle.”

Armbruster, who was off-field coach on Sunday night, is hopeful of returning to the field for the grand final.

A2 loss for locals

THE Past High A2 women’s hockey team with a Warwick connection went down 1-0 to Rangeville in Friday night’s major semi-final in Toowoomba hockey.

Past High will now play Norths at 6.30pm Friday in the preliminary final.

Seven Warwick players are in the Past High side and three, Toni Cox, Rachael Inmon and Kerri Fitch, also play for Warwick in A3 in Toowoomba.



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