Hancocks goalkeeper and player of the final Shahna Hamment faces another mighty challenge from former international striker Amy Kickbusch in Saturday night's Ipswich A-Grade grand final.
Hancocks goalkeeper and player of the final Shahna Hamment faces another mighty challenge from former international striker Amy Kickbusch in Saturday night's Ipswich A-Grade grand final. Rob Williams

Goalkeeper's incredible effort against relentless pressure

A-GRADE player of the final Shahna Hamment was nursing a right knee that looked like a big red party balloon after her amazing deeds.

She copped a nasty knock on the leg in the dying stages having repelled Wests' dangerous attack multiple times in the Magpies' 3-2 A-Grade victory.

Although she was widely praised after the game for an outstanding performance, Hamment provided a humble response as she hobbled around outside the team dressing room.

"I didn't think actually I did that well,'' the former Australian Country representative said.

"I thought I tried really hard but I could have done some things better.''

Hamment was brilliant guarding the net, repelling former international player Amy Kickbusch time after time as the classy striker dramatically stepped up her goal circle attack.

Other speedsters like co-captain Eden Jackat also tried valiantly to pierce Hamment's defence. Jackat only succeeded once.

"She played incredible,'' Jackat said, acknowledging Hamment after the hard-fought final.

"She 100 per cent deserved the player of the final. She definitely kept them in the game.''

Wests coach Brent Nicholls also praised his tenacious rival goalkeeper.

"You have nothing but respect for what Shahna was able to do,'' Nicholls said.

"I'd hate to think how many shots we actually had on them and it shows how good a team Hancocks are.''

Nicholls conceded being 2-0 down was a cause for concern.

"But we regrouped and we made a few changes around the field and started to get a bit more control on the ball and that seemed to help us.''

In welcome news for Hancocks, 24-year-old Hamment was keen to focus on helping her A-Grade side in next year's Ipswich competition after retiring from representative hockey.