LEARNING CURVE: Swifts newcomer Sarah Francis (right) challenges Norths opponent Morgan Leeder during Saturday’s A-grade match. Francis scored a goal in Swifts’ 2-1 victory.
LEARNING CURVE: Swifts newcomer Sarah Francis (right) challenges Norths opponent Morgan Leeder during Saturday’s A-grade match. Francis scored a goal in Swifts’ 2-1 victory. Sarah Harvey

Grand final would cap dream year for Francis

MODEST Swifts recruit Sarah Francis is in a happy place after getting married, starting a new job and joining a different hockey club.

She married high school sweetheart Aaron in September last year, honeymooning in New Zealand before lining up for Swifts A-grade outfit for the first time.

She also began a new job in administration for a local accountant.

"I'm really enjoying life," the former Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student said.

After previous hockey stints with Easts and Thistles, she's hoping to play in her first A-grade grand final this season.

"They are really good," she said of being made welcome in the experienced Bluebirds side.

"They've got good heads on them so they direct you around.

"It's great working with Ammo (goal-scoring stalwart Anne-Marie Callow)."

Francis, 24, added another goal to her tally in helping second-placed Swifts beat Norths 2-1 in Saturday's encounter at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

"I learn from the best so hopefully I can score a bit more," she said, having made her A-grade debut aged 17.

"We're working towards the big one - the grand final.

"We've had a few injuries so it's just trying to get the team back training hard."

The former hurdler has also put her athletics on hold to concentrate on her hockey grand final goal and her new responsibilities away from sport.

In the other A-grade women's matches, Wests beat Toowoomba Rangeville 5-2, Thistles held Hancocks to a 0-0 draw and Bellbowrie scored a valuable 1-0 win over Toowoomba Newtown.

The battle for third spot is on.



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