Women?s hockey grand final is a family affair
THE Coffs Harbour Hockey Association women's grand final between Bellingen Devils Rebels and Orara Valley Emus today shapes as a real family affair. Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, nieces and even a father will be involved in the decider, which promises to be a thriller. The minor premier Rebels were the first into the grand final after defeating the Emus by a goal in the major semi-final and will start favourites today. Bellingen club president Steve Peters said team work will win the game for the Rebels, however this may not be as easy as it sounds. The Rebels are notorious non-trainers. "Once they can get some team work going, they'll win for sure," Peters said. Peters also warned the Bellingen girls will need to keep their minds on the job. "They have to forget about the celebrations and worry about winning the game," he said with a laugh. "A lot of them like a good party, but hopefully they can concentrate on the game." The Rebels will be without on-field leader Hannah Davis, who has succumbed to a knee injury. "Losing Hannah is a big blow, but she will be on the sidelines coaching," Peters said. After coming away with a gripping extra-time victory over Bellingen Angels in last weekend's preliminary final, the Emus are full of confidence. "They were on such a high after last weekend, hopefully they can carry that through to (today)," Emus coach Graham Robinson said. Robinson said his side needs to get away to a good start. "They have beaten us by one goal twice this year and it has come in the first five minutes of play," he said. "If we start well, I will be confident we can hold them. "But our forwards will need to be very committed, we have struggled to score goals against this side." Robinson believes the preliminary final victory has his players primed for a big match. "Both sides are evenly matched on fitness levels, but I think my girls have played a bit more hockey which will help a lot." BELLINGEN DEVILS REBELS (squad): Vicki Bonventi, Zoey Bonventi, Jenna Christian, Melanie Christian, Dianna Christian, Georgie Clancy, Hannah Davis, Brigid Flannery, Amy Knox, Ami Robinson, Jemma Seaton, Alice Burnett, Ceredwyn Burnett, Kia Seaton. ORARA VALLEY EMUS: Rebecca Johnstone, Gemma Robinson, Kim Smith, Amanda Tattersall, Brooke Donn-Patterson, Sue Musgrave, Renae Smidt, Deb Donn-Patterson, Annette Berry/Kiona Moseley, Monique Donn-Patterson, Karen Moseley.