Kane seeks Aussie crown
FIVE years after migrating from Ireland to Warwick with her family, 14-year-old Sarah Kane is hoping to win her first grand final in sport in Australia.
Kane will play on the wing for the Warwick A3 women's hockey side in the 11.15am Toowoomba grand final against Rangeville at Clyde Park tomorrow.
She has set up a few goals this season and combines well in attack with another youngster, Hayley Millard.
The Warwick State High School student said she had received a lot of good wishes from schoolmates in the run-up to the final.
Kane said she played her first hockey in Ireland, before she moved to Warwick with parents Gerard and Anne and brother Robert.
She was runner-up with the Pink team in Warwick junior netball last weekend so has a chance to win her first premiership down under tomorrow.
Warwick captain Toni Cox was high in praise of the youngest four players in her side - Lauren Eastwell, Hayley Millard, Sarah Kane and Linsy Armbruster.
"They have all done well," she said.
"We will be without Donna Carey (who has the flu), Shannon Armbruster (who is recovering from knee surgery), Kazieh Taganny (who is studying for Year 12 exams) and Linsy Armbruster (due to a junior grand final in Warwick)."
Cox is unfazed the team won't have too many intercharge players.
"I find you get a better combination by having as few changes as possible," Cox said.
She isn't worried about the possibility of a hot Saturday.
Warwick beat Rangeville in the major semi.
"Grand finals are always close. Hopefully my players can step up and prove themselves," she said.
At 1pm tomorrow, seven Warwick players will line up for Past High in the A2 women's grand final against Rangeville. Cox will captain Past High which easily beat Red Lion in the President's Cup final. Her side also includes Rachael Inmon, Kerri Fitch, Jodie Olsen, Bonita Tyler, Bianca Fitch and Brianna Miller from Warwick.