Women fired up for finals clash
THE Warwick women’s A3 side will play its historic first semi-final in Toowoomba hockey on Sunday at 5.30pm.
Warwick will go into the game against Rangeville without state veterans representative Shannon Armbruster, who is recovering from a knee operation three weeks ago.
Armbruster has been replaced at centre half by fellow state player Cate Hodgson, a prolific goal scorer through the years.
There is a chance Armbruster could be given the go-ahead by her doctor to resume playing later in the finals series.
Warwick won the minor premiership in its inaugural season in Toowoomba and will play second-placed Rangeville on the water-based surface at Clyde Park.
Former Warwick player and state veterans player Kylie Hollist now lives in Toowoomba and is Rangeville captain in A3.
With some players unavailable and Donna Carey in doubt with the flu, Warwick team organiser Toni Cox expects to take a squad of 14 to Toowoomba.
“This will be our first game on the water for seven or eight weeks. A3 women’s games have been played on the sand-based surface in recent weeks,” Cox said.
“The game is a lot quicker on water.”
In its final fixture game last Sunday, Warwick beat Past High 5-1.
Megan Neal scored three goals for Warwick, with Jane Roper and Lisa Hemmings netting one each.
Sian Hegarty defended strongly.
Seven in Team
SEVEN Warwick players will be in action for Past High in the A2 women’s major semi-final in Toowoomba hockey at 8pm on Friday.
Captain Toni Cox, mother and daughter Kerri and Bianca Fitch, Rachael Inmon, Brianna Miller, Bonita Tyler and Jodie Olsen are the Warwick connection in the team which won the President’s Cup final.