CAPTAIN: Briar McLeod
Prem Caps 19
2022 Season Round Up
Standing 3rd in Championship
2nd in Grand Final
A fantastic team to be involved with this year, great culture and a range of excellent performances tempered with a bit of inconsistency. A change of 5 players from the previous year, our two new young up and coming players Freya Kearney and Nadja McGoon had a great season growing as the year progressed in their toughness and skill set. Most pleasing with these two players was their reaction to requests that improved theirs and the team’s performance.
Hannah Baker joined us from “the Naki” and was a great addition to the side with her speed and ball carrying skills, Kassidy Allot a welcome return to the club and Kathy Giles joined us the P3 grade greatly improving our on-field coaching and experience in up front outcomes.
Returning 2022 players were the glue and the basis of the team culture. There were a few changes throughout the year, with Sim returning to Australia and injuries to Hannah A and Elysha that put them out for quite a few weeks. Our defense was pretty solid all year 19 goals scored against and 32 for.
Our inconsistent performances saw us rise to the challenge and play to our potential when playing top 4 teams, but when playing lesser teams, we failed to motivate ourselves and hammer home our abilities therefore leaking points that were there for the taking. We did do enough however to put ourselves in the position of being masters of our own destiny and made top 4 dominating ECB in the semifinal.
The Grand Final result wasn’t how we would have written the script, perhaps playing our final the week before. The 2-1 result was probably fair on the day – we created enough opportunities but finishing eluded us. The ABC support was fantastic.
There is a lot to look forward to with this group next year ……
A big shout out to Hannah (Patto) Patterson who, as well as being a real asset on the field managed all our needs off it. Also to those D1 players who really helped us along the way. Erin Beattie in particular who played around 6 games for us.
2020 Season Round Up
This team report is brought to you by the letters A, B & C!
Adaptable & amusing | Belief & bravery | Confident & committed
Well that was one crazy season!
The chameleons we were! We tended to adopt the standard of the opposition at times which was great when we played a better team. Not so when we dropped our standards, despite bonus point winning games!
We have been allowed to make mistakes and have fun. Defense playing out of position as strikers and strikers defending...fancy that! Elysha Sukhdev scoring her first ever goals, yes that is right she scored two!!!
We progressed throughout the season growing in confidence and belief in our ability as a team. We developed our own brand of hockey with bravery, timing, style, mongrel, respect, angry and top skills. Mistakes too with the energy and ownership needed to fix them. We have demonstrated that we are an 70 minute team. Some stunning execution from our strikers, distribution from the midfield, solid defence and a superstar GK.
We managed to upset the grade. In the end we earned our place and we left our best out there and it was superb. Grand Final Winners!!! It was one humdinger of a final…we kept you all guessing!
Words to sum up this team group are energetic, committed, fun, execution and a united front. Thank you to our coaches and amazing support crew. We have had a fabulous season.
Hannah Patterson - Manager & Briar McLeod - Captain
2019 Season Round Up
This was a fairly new team in a new grade, and we were pleasantly surprised (shocked!) by the fitness required and quality of hockey.
Saturdays were for the gals and we loved having our Sundays free from hockey (except when the P2 women asked for 4-5 players every week for a good solid month or two haha).
Our season started with a few disappointing close losses, draws that should have been win's and a few heated ‘discussions’ from Keri. Goal scoring seemed to be our number one work on, and Keri decided out with the old and in with the new, changing up the structure of our team.
This was the best decision and a real turning point in our season. We managed to confuse the opposition (and ourselves at times) and start to make some real links through the midfield and up to the strikers. One goal scoring practice session with Jimmy and suddenly the wins started to flow.
Although we didn’t make top 4, when it came to the business end of the season, we scored goals where it counted and managed to get into the semi-final after a nail-biting shootout win. Unfortunately, we lost our semi on another nail-biting shootout, but we were all so happy with such a positive second half to the season.
Although we never had a full game of excellence, we did have many amazing moments. Thanks so much to Keri for never giving up on us and always providing us with things to work on! Don’t worry we will never forget ‘that’ drill.
Thanks to Colin for stepping in the second half of the season and providing invaluable tips and tricks. Vicki was manager extraordinaire and always had whatever we needed, we appreciate you! We are all looking forward to next season at the new North Harbour Hockey complex!