The grand finals for Shoalhaven men’s and women’s hockey competitions will be played this Saturday.
At 1pm, women’s minor premiers Berry Black will be up against Allsorts Orange. Berry have been undefeated all season, and will be relying on their strength through the midfield and direct attacking options.
Allsorts played a new style of hockey when they met in the first semi and Berry will not have it their own way as Tiana Boulding looks to direct Allsorts from the midfield and keeper Belinda Finlay marshalls her defence. Berry will be looking at Peta Brooks and Suzie Jarman to attack and get the score board ticking over, with Barb Muldoon, Renee Warnes and Nic Stone driving play from the defensive end.
In the men’s grand final, minor premiers Berry Black are up against Shoalhaven Heads who came into the finals as the form team. Having beaten both Burrawang teams to make the grand final they are could be considered the favourites.
Heads will be looking at their experienced and quick midfield of Mitch Wilson, Dennis Smart and Liam Connelly to control the pace of the game and set up their forwards. At the back Pete Hackney is probably one of the best defensive players in the game and will look to break down the Berry play and link up with fast men Matt Harford, Chris Hindeman and Mick Horton. This team is fast and fit and the conditions should suit Heads.
Berry on the other hand will use their experience and work the ball through the defensive lines. Rhian Williams will continue to bark orders at his players from the back, and Will Calvert and Tim Mather’s composure in defence will see Berry look to repel and counter. A strong attack with Jed Sawkins, Myles Burke and Sticks Crocker will see Heads keeper Matt Druitt earn his money.
Dan Knapp is the key for Berry as he drives the play from centre half, with Aaron Smith, playing across all lines.
Its going to be hot and furious this weekend, so get on down to Bernie Reagan. with the Shoalhaven U13s teams playing each other in an exhibition match between the main games.