Hancocks skipper Sara Rogers (left) creates room to move the ball forward during Saturday’s 6-2 victory over Easts at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
Hancocks skipper Sara Rogers (left) creates room to move the ball forward during Saturday’s 6-2 victory over Easts at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. Claudia Baxter

McDermott gets fit to make impact

BEING Hancock/Brothers leading A-grade goal scorer last season, Aimee McDermott was expected to be a threat again this season.

She quickly showed why with three goals in her team’s 6-2 win over Easts on Saturday.

McDermott netted 34 goals last year, including 22 in A-grade.

However, she admitted it was tough work in the 2011 season opener.

“We’ve had a personal trainer come every Thursday night to our training but we need to get a lot fitter,” McDermott said.

“We just have to work on our match fitness and get more intensity. That’s what we need.”

McDermott scored in the seventh, 28th and 58th minutes against the Tigers.

The other Hancocks goals came from former Wests captain Jade Hooper (27th), Elyse Smolenski (52nd) and captain Sara Rogers (60th).

Easts toiled hard early with Tracey Doyle scoring in the first half before Hancocks took charge.

Courtney Beasley hit a late consolation goal.

McDermott said it was helpful for last year’s grand finalists Hancocks to have recruited talented players like Australian Country representative Hooper and the skilful Vanessa Bice.

“We don’t normally score that many goals in our team but we started off pretty well,” McDermott said.

Rogers was also encouraged by Hancocks’ early goal-scoring flurry.

“It was a good start to the season,” the skipper said.

“We were pretty rusty not having any trial games and picking up a few new players this season.

“We’re still trying to find our feet but we’re happy with six goals.”

Queensland Country representative Rogers said her team was looking to play more confidently this year after a positive 2010 season.

“You can do all the fitness work in the off-season but when you get to the game situation, it’s a whole different ball game,” she said.

Easts captain Sarah Jeffreys said her team was hoping to build on last season when they finished strongly, making the preliminary final.

“We’re probably halfway to last year,” the striker said.

“We just need our fitness and a bit more skill work. We were a bit shaky after the break.”

In Sunday’s A-grade clash, defending premiers Swifts beat Norths 4-1.

 

Key results:

A Grade men: Easts 3 (Mark Llewelyn, Tim Woodford, David Llewelyn) d. Hancocks 1 (Peter Mitchell); Wests 3 (Matt Curren 2, John Fernance) drew Norths 3 (Mark Pocock, Jermey Dalais, Kellan Morrow).

A Grade women: Hancocks 6 (Aimee McDermott 3, Sara Rogers, Jade Hooper, Elyse Smolenski) d. Easts 2 (Courtney Beasley, Tracey Doyle); Swifts 4 (Anne-Marie Callow 2, Susan Marcussen, Kirsty Bennett) d. Norths 1 (Rachael Ellis).



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