ROUND two of the 2018 Australian Hockey League (AHL) gets underway this weekend as teams begin to shape up for placings for the finals weekend on the Gold Coast.
Round two sees the AHL return to Melbourne for the first time since 2013 with Victoria hosting WA on Saturday (men’s 2pm, women’s 3:45pm AEDT), along with Canberra, featuring Mollymook’s Kalindi Commerford, for the first time in years with ACT entertaining Queensland on Sunday (women’s 1pm, men’s 3pm AEDT).
Adelaide hosts another fixture with SA welcoming NT to town on Saturday (women’s 5pm, men’s 6:45pm ACDT), while after a big round one crowd in Hobart, as Tasmania hosts New South Wales, featuring Gerringong’s Grace Stewart, on Sunday (women’s 1pm, men’s 2:45pm AEDT).
Tassie Van Demons vs Grace Sterwart’s NSW Arrows, Sunday, October 14 – 1pm (AEDT) at Tasmanian Hockey Centre
The Van Demons suffered a 3-nil home loss to Canberra Strikers last round and have made one change with youngster Julia Gunn replacing Nellie Paynter for her AHL debut.
The Arrows lose Hockeyroo Georgina Morgan and Kate Hanna, with Lisa Farrell and Makaela Potts coming into their side following their 5-3 win over Queensland.
NSW Arrows squad: Jocelyn Bartram (gk), Sarah Johnston, Emily Smith, Lisa Farrell, Grace Stewart, Anna Flanagan, Greta Hayes, Mikaela Patterson, Tamsin Bunt, Kaitlin Nobbs, Makaela Potts, Jessica Watterson, Kate Jenner and Abigail Wilson.
Kalindi Commerford’s Canberra Strikers vs Queensland Scorchers, Sunday, October 14 - 1pm (AEDT) at National Hockey Centre
Australia Indoor skipper Shelley Watson comes into the Strikers team which won 3-nil in Tasmania at the expense of Rebecca Lee.
Savannah Fitzpatrick returns for the Scorchers after a hamstring worry but experienced defender Jodie Kenny is unavailable.
Can: Edwina Bone (c), Catriona Bailey-Price, Jessica Smith, Meredith Bone, Shelley Watson, Sophie Gaughan, Samantha Economos, Naomi Evans, Elena Tice, Beckie Middleton, Kalindi Commerford, Tina Taseska, Sarah White and Rene Hunter (gk).