BRACING FOR COMEBACK: Swifts captain Anne-Marie Callow is excited to be playing today after the pain of having to watch while injured in last year’s grand final loss.
BRACING FOR COMEBACK: Swifts captain Anne-Marie Callow is excited to be playing today after the pain of having to watch while injured in last year’s grand final loss. Claudia Baxter

Swifts are ready to drop the A bomb in last battle

THIS time last year, Swifts sharpshooter Anne-Marie Callow had to sit on the sideline nursing a ruptured left ankle ligament.

It was just as painful for Callow watching the grand final as dealing with the injury.

The player affectionately known as Ammo loves being out there scoring goals.

However, 18 months of rehabilitation has the Ipswich hockey stalwart back ready to lead her side in today's A-grade grand final. Swifts tackle defending premiers Hancock Brothers at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

"I wore a moon boot for three months and walked around Europe in a moon boot for one month," said Callow, who took on Swifts coaching role this season.

"I didn't come back and start playing until May this year."

However, she's been pleased with her recent improvement.

"I'm really starting to find the acceleration," she said.

While having Callow is a major boost, the Bluebirds have lost experienced defender Bridget McLean (wedding) and midfielder Patricia Barnsley (recovering from an appendix operation).

Ironically, McLean was stand-in captain in last year's grand final.

Callow said McLean and Barnsley were key losses as the minor premiers and mid-season final winners try to regain the premiership from Hancocks.

"It can certainly change the dynamics of the team," she said. "But the good thing about our team is all year round we've just been talking about hockey, hockey and understanding the role.

"We've all got the skills to play different roles.

"We just have to adapt.

"I'm feeling fairly confident that with our game plan we'll have someone there who can do the job just as well.

"The good thing about this team is having skills to play in different roles."

Having played in several grand finals over many years, Callow is keen for Swifts to add to its 2011 and 2012 premierships.

"The girls have been great," Callow said. "Last year we did the same up to this point."

She feels Hancocks are under the most pressure this season.

"They now face the daunting task of defending the premiership," Callow said.

Swifts have three teams in the grand finals with the club's Reserve grade and R2 women's sides playing at 11am and 12.45pm today.

Game day

  • Today's grand finals at the Ipswich Hockey Complex, Raceview.
  • 11am: R2 women - Vets v Swifts.
  • 12.45pm: Reserve women: Norths v Swifts.
  • 2.30pm: Reserve men - Hancock Brothers v Easts.
  • 4.15pm: A Grade women - Swifts v Hancock Brothers.
  • 6pm: A Grade men - Norths v Easts.


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