All-Royals affair locked in for grand final | Photos

Royals Blue captain Maree Beresford says her troops have come leaps and bounds since a rocky beginning to the division one women’s hockey season.

The team’s rapid improvement has given Beresford the belief that her side is every chance of downing intra-club rivals Royals White in the grand final at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

“At the start we didn’t really gel together,” she said.

“A lot of us hadn’t played together before, which made it quite hard.”

Beresford was a part of the Royals team which won last year’s premiership, before the club split the team in half in order to enter two teams in the first-grade competition.

It was her job to bring the newly assembled team together and after six months of fine tuning, believes her side is well and truly ready for the biggest day of the year.

“We’ve really picked up our game as the season has gone on,” Beresford said.

But the blue team will have a major challenge on their hands in the final, with Royals White winning their way straight through the final after downing Blue in a penalty shootout in the qualifying final.

Led by inspirational captain Emily Paul, White also claimed the minor premiership, while losing just one game all season.

But that singular loss came against Blue, setting up what is sure to be an entertaining season finale.

Ashleigh Yan is sure to be a dangerous commodity for Blue up front, having scored 19 goals this season.

Also sitting on 19 goals is White’s Sarah Bonny, who is a threat to score any time she is in possession of the ball. 


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