Old hands back in team

Fraser Cullen only has eyes for the ball ahead of the Spitfires’ home clash with Old Canberrans today. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER

Fraser Cullen only has eyes for the ball ahead of the Spitfires’ home clash with Old Canberrans today. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER

Spitfires goalkeeper Scott Foley goes through his specialist drills.

Spitfires goalkeeper Scott Foley goes through his specialist drills.

THE Strikers and Spitfires will be bolstered by key inclusions for the penultimate weekend of the Capital League season.

Both play their final home game against Old Canberrans today.

The Spitfires will add Brenton Newnham, Charley Wallace and Hugh Cullen back from Victorian duties at the national country championships at Toowoomba, Jeremy Payne should be back and the squad will be further boosted by the return of Dom Wild and Ben Allen from overseas.

Coach Matt Smart said the team would have the luxury of some added experience for what its double-header weekend.

“We think it is a game we can win,” he said.

“We should have knocked them off in the first round when we led 3-0 at half-time but fell over in the second.

“The young boys who have played in recent weeks took some confidence out of last week’s win and, hopefully, will carry that same attitude into the games on Saturday and Sunday.

“We just need to stick to the game plan, never give up.

“All season we have had costly lapses at the end of each half but last week we finished the second half better than the opposition.

“With these experienced guys back there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to beat them.”

The Strikers, too, have added add Sam Daly to their squad after the country championships but will be without keeper Sam Campbell.

Earlier in the year, the Hockey Albury Wodonga women drew 2-2 with Old Canberrans at the National Hockey Centre.

“Losing Sam at the back is a major loss,” coach Tony Jones said.

“She has been one of our best all year but, while she goes out, we add another Sam and she, too, has been among our better performers before missing two weeks with the Vic country squad.

“We will have most of the girls available this weekend and, because it’s our last home game, we are likely to give most a run, including the young girls who have stepped up in recent weeks.

“It would be a nice way to finish a tough year with a win at home.”

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