Royals Blue takes 4-0 over Rosellas in preliminary final

Royals Blue advanced to the women’s hockey grand final courtesy of a comprehensive 4-0 win over last year’s finalist Rosellas on Saturday.

TIGHT CLASH: Aimee Smeeth gets down low trying to stop Lauren Jolliffe from moving the ball forward in the Wagga hockey preliminary final. Picture: Laura Hardwick

TIGHT CLASH: Aimee Smeeth gets down low trying to stop Lauren Jolliffe from moving the ball forward in the Wagga hockey preliminary final. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Rosellas struggled to find the backboard on Saturday with stand-in keeper for the Blue side, Lyndell Nickell, well supported by defender Jesse Thompson.

Ashleigh Yan led the way with two goals, as Royals Blue were in control throughout the game despite an injury scare.

Kira McBeath was unable to lift Rosellas this time, as the Royals side had the red team well marked with Cindy White making little headway up forward.

An intra club grand final awaits with the Blue side keen to avenge the nail-biting qualifying final shootout loss after leading for the majority of the game against the minor premier Royals White.

Royals White and Royals Blue scored a 4-2 win in the penalty shootout after the teams finished lock at 4-all in the qualifying final.