DESPERATE EFFORT: Senior Hancocks player Caitlin Sippel shows her determination, diving for the ball during hockey’s Pink Sports Day earlier this year. Sippel is happy to accept more responsibility this season.
DESPERATE EFFORT: Senior Hancocks player Caitlin Sippel shows her determination, diving for the ball during hockey’s Pink Sports Day earlier this year. Sippel is happy to accept more responsibility this season. David Nielsen

Last-gasp Sippel goal keeps Hancocks leaders in game

EXPERIENCED Hancock Brothers defender Caitlin Sippel enjoyed scoring the goal that helped her team share this year's intercity competition title.

Her strike in the last two minutes set up a 1-1 draw in the Combined Competition final against Toowoomba powerhouse club Newtown.

"We were under the pump. It was probably the best defence we've had all year actually," Sippel said.

"It was good to nail a goal at the end."

However, Sippel's decisive effort in a big match meant so much more.

It highlighted how important senior players like her, Justine Parkes and Sara Rogers are as Hancocks chase another grand final hockey victory.

"It's unusual for us to probably lead from the front," Sippel said of Hancocks being competition leaders with two games to the playoffs.

"But each week we just kind of need to get grounded. I think we are going really well."

In her sixth season with Hancocks, Sippel was happy to accept more responsibility, especially with her team's exciting young talent around her.

"We pride ourselves on that too," Sippel said.

"We need to lead from the front and especially when finals don't come around very often.

"The young girls can get a bit nervous about it so it's up to us to use our experience and kind of help them through that too.

"Our young girls are brilliant. They have the right attitude. They want to be there."

Sippel said Hancocks weren't disappointed by Saturday's 2-0 loss to Bellbowrie.

"We had five quality players out and that always makes a difference but we were beaten by a better team on the day and full credit to Bellbowrie," she said.

Sippel was heartened by the way Hancocks regrouped and stayed positive for Sunday's testing final.

"The Toowoomba comp really helps us because it just gives you those different teams to play against so you have to think a bit more," she said.

"Hopefully we're peaking at the right time."



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