Hancocks A-grade player Sara Rogers (left) watches the ball closely during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Toowoomba Past High at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
Hancocks A-grade player Sara Rogers (left) watches the ball closely during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Toowoomba Past High at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. Rob Williams

Hancocks in premiership mix

HAVING represented Queensland Country before, consistent Ipswich player Sara Rogers is ready to step up again if needed.

She's a shadow player for the Australian Country Championships in Bendigo next month.

"If I'm given the opportunity, I'd love to go," she said after representing Queensland Country in chilly Canberra two years ago.

However, while she waits for a call-up, her focus is with Hancock Brothers in the Ipswich A-grade hockey competition.

While happy overall with Hancocks' progress this season, Rogers shared her team's disappointment at being held to a 1-1 draw by Toowoomba Past High.

"We probably had more of the possession and more of the circle penetration, just couldn't get the ball in," Rogers said.

Rogers enjoyed playing for South West Queensland, helping the regional side finish third at the recent Super League titles.

"It was a great experience, probably the highest level I've played," she said, playing a defensive fullback role for South West.

"It was good to play with some of the Toowoomba girls because they are a really strong centre in hockey."

Meanwhile, at the halfway stage of the Ipswich season, Rogers said second-placed Hancocks were well placed for a finals' challenge.

"We're pretty happy with how we are going coming off two weeks off and playing as a team again," the Healthworks personal trainer said.

"We've had some injuries and sickness. It's good to finally get some momentum leading into the finals."

Rogers said the return of former state player Amy Chalk strengthened Hancocks this season, especially with dual-registered players Jade Hooper and Aimee McDermott lining up in Brisbane.

"It's good to play hockey with her," Rogers said of centre half Chalk. "She's very experienced . . . with her decision making and her passing and hitting."

In the other weekend A-grade games, defending premiers Swifts were surprised 2-1 by Toowoomba Red Lion, Norths Toowoomba beat Thistles 3-1, Norths Ipswich overcame Toowoomba Newtown 1-0 and Toowoomba Rangeville defeated Bellbowrie 3-1.

 

State of play

A-grade women: Hancock Brothers 1 (E Smolenski) drew Past High 1 (A Brackstone); Red Lion 2 d Swifts 1 (K Bennett); Norths Toowoomba 3 d Thistles 1 (T Iszlaub); Rangeville 3 d Bellbowrie 1; Norths Ipswich 1 (C Reid) d Newtown 0.



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