Hockey teams share title again

HAD they fielded their best team, Ipswich’s top women’s club side Swifts would probably have beaten Toowoomba challengers Rangeville.

However, with only nine regular A-graders, and no bench, Swifts were happy to come away with a 1-1 draw in their latest Combined Competition grand final.

For the second year in a row, Swifts and Rangeville shared the title. Last year’s final was a 3-3 deadlock.

Swifts coach Brendon Smith praised his team for its latest brave effort in Toowoomba, after being severely restricted by player unavailability and illness.

“To play against a youthful side like Rangeville, it was a really good effort,” Smith said.

“They are a good outfit, well-drilled, well-coached and have a lot of speed with their youth.

“It wasn’t a bad game in the end.”

Swifts’ player situation only worsened as the game went on.

After trying a structure to help the Reserve grade additions, Swifts lost another senior player Bronnie Webb to a hamstring injury.

The Bluebirds then lost dependable defender Angela Wilson, who left the field dizzy. She was vomiting before the game.

Reserve grade goalkeeper Leigh Molloy filled in for regular Sam Sharrad and impressed.

“She had to make some good saves at crucial times,” Smith said. “She did the job. Her talk’s really positive.”

Smith said both sides had enough opportunities to win the annual final.

“Just some of our circle penetrations were a bit poor,” he said.

“Frustration kicked in and Rangeville were a bit more enthusiastic.”

After a tough game in the Garden City, Smith was happy his team has a bye this weekend to give his players a chance to recover.

Combined Competition grand final: Swifts 1 (Kirsty Bennett) drew Rangeville 1. Title shared.

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