Final set to be epic battle

September 09, 2017

Shepparton Youth Club and Mooroopna have been the most successful clubs in A-grade women’s hockey in recent years.

The pair will meet again in today’s Goulburn Valley Hockey League grand final, in a repeat of last year’s final.

Matches do not come much more epic than that encounter, with the Cats taking out the premiership following a penalty shoot out.

But Mooroopna captain Ellie Winzer is hoping today’s match does not finish the same way.

‘‘It’s a bad way to win or lose, it’s nerve-wracking and you just end up shaking,’’ she said.

Cats star Narelle Robertson sunk the winning shot for Mooroopna last year, with Winzer tipping she will be in the mix again.

‘‘I think as a team we all get that bit of determination and we all have a whole week of preparation that we go through to make sure we’re in the right mindset,’’ she said.

‘‘This year players have stood out and Kerry Gannon should really step it up and probably Narelle Roberston, she always plays outstanding on grand final day.’’

Mooroopna is a well gelled unit, more than just teammates, good friends off the field which helps the cohesion when competing.

Having progressed after a week off having topped the ladder, SYC won through to the decider after defeating a much improved Strikers outfit.

But the Scorchers will take confidence having defeated the Cats only two weekends ago.

With potent players including Molly Willmott, Aimee Cecchin, Skye Said and Hayley Pepperell, SYC will have belief it can change the outcome of last year’s decider to ensure it is celebrating come the final whistle.

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