The Swifts Reserve Grade players prepare to enjoy their victory after the club's R2 women earlier won their grand final.
The Swifts Reserve Grade players prepare to enjoy their victory after the club's R2 women earlier won their grand final. Rob Williams

Coach shows how to hook a premiership

A STRATEGY to start a fishing trip on grand final day is working wonders for Ipswich coach Brett Petersen in securing premiership glory.

In the latest grand final, he added a senior title to his growing tally.

After organising a trip to Fraser Island a few years ago, Petersen celebrated a D Grade victory with Thistles before rushing off to enjoy his holiday.

On Saturday, it was with the Swifts R2 women's side that Petersen finished the match with a smile as wide as Queensland's famous sand island.

But before dashing off again, he praised his second-placed Swifts team for being more dedicated in training on their way to beating minor premiers Collegians 2-1 in their grand final clash.

"It was a very tight one until the end,'' Petersen said of this season's games between the top two R2 sides.

"It was a really good year.

"It was my first time coaching women's hockey. I've been senior men's coach and junior coach for a while.''

Petersen was particularly proud of the strong Swifts' family connection, something the club has worked hard to foster in recent seasons.

Brett's sisters Lisa Shaw and Cristle Petersen play in the R2 team, along with the coach's nieces Lile Lenaghan and Hannah Petersen.

His daughters Hayley and Emily are also in the side along with Brett's wife Leah.

"It's a real family affair,'' he said, also assisted by his wife and sister Kirsty, who played in the Reserve Grade grand final.

"This is my first time coaching a Swifts' team and having juniors come in this year for the first year is really good.

"There's a lot of new faces and a lot of new people which is awesome for the club.''

Lile Lenaghan is an up and coming junior who recently made the Queensland Schoolgirls side.

The coach said although the team maintained a social outlook, he encouraged them to train this year in pursuit of a premiership.

"This team has been close over the last three or four years but bowing out late,'' he said.

"I said if they want to be fair dinkum, they have got to train and they trained and they trained hard.''

Swifts' goalscorers were player of the final, centre half Nicole Vanderbrink, and Aimee Geeves, who had an outstanding season.

After another successful season, minor premiers Collegians came close again.

Cherie Backen scored for the R2 team.



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