Swifts leader credits team for her prowess
MODEST Swifts captain Anne-Marie Callow was quick to deflect credit to her team after two outstanding efforts in recent weeks.
Callow scored a career best seven goals as the Bluebirds gave young Toowoomba opponents Past High a 12-0 hockey lesson on Sunday.
"Six is probably the highest. Seven is a bit of a surprise," Callow said.
"Yesterday was a bit of a culmination of good teamwork.
"All I had to do was put the ball in the net. The girls did a lot of the hard work."
However, Callow's scoring prowess is more than being in the right spot.
During the recent Queensland Masters Hockey Championships in Toowoomba, Callow was Ipswich's top goal scorer with six.
She helped Ipswich win its first Division 1 state title.
But ever the team-minded player, Callow said Swifts regular Di Casey was among those deserving praise for being named Player of Division 1 at the state carnival.
"It was a such a great group of girls to deal with," she said.
"I don't think many people gave us much of a chance of winning. Collectively, everyone did their job and it was fantastic for Ipswich."
Back with Swifts last weekend, Callow said her team's latest win at Raceview was satisfying.
Even though Past High are a developing team, the experienced Swifts combination displayed superior passing and quick ball movement before finishing in style.
"We probably had the majority of our players back for the first time in a long time," Callow said.
"We were really happy with some of the stuff we did."
Swifts have only suffered one loss this season - when an understrength Bluebirds side went down 3-1 to Norths Toowoomba last month.
Swifts lead the Ipswich competition on 30 points, from Wests (22), Hancocks (19), Norths (14) Bellbowrie (11) and Thistles (4).
Another experienced campaigner happy with his team's progress is Wests A-grade mentor Steve Rogers.
In his first season coaching the side, Rogers is thrilled to see them challenging for second spot like the Magpies men (story below).
Wests held out Norths 4-3 in their latest match at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
"We're been going pretty good," Rogers said, having umpired four men's matches during the recent Super League championships in Brisbane.
"It's a bit hard to get a full-strength team but we've got a lot of the Reserve grade girls that are backing up."
Sharna Dadson and stalwart Janet Peters scored two goals each on Saturday.
They are providing excellent back-up to seasoned players Amy Korner, Jade Hooper and Peta Brooks.
"That shows what the girls can do when they put a good effort in," Rogers said.
"We're just plugging away and the girls did everything that I asked."
Ipswich's leading umpire is enjoying A-grade coaching.
"I'm still new and all that but it's good fun," he said. "It's something different."
Hancock Brothers kept in touch with Swifts and Wests by beating Thistles 6-1.
Bellbowrie scored a handy 2-1 win over Toowoomba Newtown.
Meanwhile, Ipswich is preparing to host the state under-15 girls championships from July 1-5 at Raceview.
State of Play
Men's A grade - Wests 7 (G Walker 5, D Goodwin, A Horrocks) d Rangeville 3 (B Flemming 2, K Harland); Red Lion 7 d Norths Ipswich 3 (N Maddocks, A O'Beirne T Figura); Easts 8 (D Mantell 3, D Llewelyn 2, C Mantell, S Bayliss, T Woodford) d Past High 1 (P Wormington).
Women's A grade - Wests 4 (S Dadson 2, J Peters 2) d Norths Ipswich 3 (J Cross, C Reid, C Brown); Swifts 12 (A Callow 7, B McLean, D Casey, B Webb, P Barnsley, own goal) d Past High 0; Hancock Brothers 6 (R Clarke 2, Elyse Smolenski 2, C Sippel, S Rogers) d Thistles 0; Bellbowrie 2 d Newtown 1.
State championships update: Under 13 girls (in Mackay) - Ipswich (1) def Bundaberg 3-0 (Gaby Nicholls scored all three goals); Ipswich (1) drew Brisbane 0-0, Cairns d Ipswich (2) 3-1, Maryborough (2) d Ipswich (2) 2-1.
Under 13 boys (Sunshine Coast): Townsville d Ipswich (1) 2-1, Ipswich (1) drew Tweed Border 1-1, Warwick d Ipswich (2) 1-0.