Youthful Flinders team has talent to strike
HOCKEY: Although there’s been a massive turnover of talent, Flinders player/coach Melissa Wareing believes her young outfit has the skill to remain among the competition frontrunners.
Flinders were a close second on the women’s division one ladder last season and fell to the Blue Demons in the grand final.
They’ve since lost all but three of their players, with Wareing herself a new coach.
But, while there’s some fresh faces, Wareing believed her squad boasts plenty of talent to strike if the competition were to return when coronavirus restrictions abated.
“I’m very hopeful they will be (strong) and if we pick up where we left off with our commitment to training and the way we played in that first game I can’t see why we wouldn’t be there in the grand final,” she said.
While it took plenty of work to gel the new-look side in pre-season, they won the first game before prior to the season suspension.
She said the outfit consisted of plenty of rising talent, which was not only a boost now but was hopeful it would be for years to come.
“Sixteen would be our youngest (player) and I’ve probably got five of them in the team,” she said.
“It is a young side, so we’re looking to bring them up for the next few years and make our Division One team stronger every year.”
While they were in an open women’s competition, Wareing said her teenagers had the talent to thrive.
“They’re strong, they’re Queensland players,” she said.
“So, we’re probably lucky that our young players are state representatives.”
She was hopeful the season could return but said she would be chasing some more players after two English athletes were forced to fly home when the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
“They were two more senior players as well...and were good players so we will have that little bit of a hole to fill (if the season returns).”