Club president steps up to help as coach
"CARETAKER'' coach Michelle Peters had every reason to enjoy her latest win at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
Stepping in to help out the Hancocks Reserve Grade men, club president Peters was delighted to see the side progress through to this weekend's preliminary final.
Hancocks achieved that by overrunning Bellbowrie 5-1 in Saturday afternoon's elimination final at Raceview.
"It was a very good win. In the last 20 minutes it was an exceptional effort by my boys,'' Peters said.
Peters offered to help with men's coaching along with another club stalwart Sara Rogers, who is guiding the A-Grade combination this season.
The Hancocks A-Graders finished minor premiers. However, they'll have to take the long route to this year's grand final after being upstaged 8-6 by Norths after a shoot-out showdown in Sunday night's qualifying final at Raceview.
While only in a caretaker role, Peters appreciated help from players like Lachlan Kunde and Bree Conway in guiding the Hancocks Reserve graders.
The Reserve Grade team is being captained by Dean Pavitt, one of the club's most consistent performers for a number of years.
After surviving the first weekend of finals, Peters can prepare the Reserve graders for a tussle with Easts in Sunday's preliminary final.
"The last few weeks we've had a bit of momentum so it's been good,'' Peters said.
"The boys have all come together and are playing as a team.
"I'm so stoked for the boys. They deserve to keep going, moving forward with the A-Grade boys.''
The women's Reserve Grade elimination final was won by Norths who accounted for Wests Black 4-3. Norths will play Wests White in Sunday's preliminary final.
Wests White were beaten 3-2 by Swifts in the qualifying Reserve Grade final.
Saturday is Ipswich junior grand final day. It starts with a 9am E-Grade girls clash between the best represented junior clubs Wests and Swifts.