THE Spitfires bowed out of the finals race with a shock loss on Saturday.
The Hockey Albury- Wodonga men were expected to be too good for Old Xaverians in Melbourne but were well beaten 4-2 in the first game of a double header at the weekend. They lost again yesterday — to Dandenong 3-1.
But the women’s State League 1 side continued its winning ways with a come-from-behind win on the Saturday at Ballarat before thumping Mornington 6-1 yesterday.
The Strikers will now play Kew in Melbourne on Sunday for a grand final spot.
Coach Tony Jones said six different goalscorers showed it was a strong team performance.
“We wanted a couple of wins to tune up for the finals and we found ourselves a contest on Saturday,” he said.
“We were down 1-0 at half-time before banging in three goals.
“We were always in control against Mornington.
“We took 14 girls to Melbourne after Allison Nicholson pulled out on Saturday and everyone contributed in some way.
“To have six different scorers shows the depth of talent across the pitch.”
Jones said the back three of Chelsi Russell, Chloe Jones and Sadie Butler again were outstanding.
“Laura Errey stepped up and she has become a real goal scoring option for us, while Alex Chapman stepped into the hole left by Allison and also played really well,” he said.
Jones said the squad would work on its game and some variations for the clash with Kew this weekend.
“We have a few bumps and niggles that we will need to assess during the week but we should have a full squad for the game,” he said.
“We will certainly take some confidence from the wins this weekend, knowing that we have played out a 2-2 draw at home and away against Kew during the year.
“But they have had some patchy results lately and we are taking winning form and growing confidence into the match.”