Hancocks to accept Easter eggs as reward
JUST when his team started building some momentum, along comes Easter.
Hancocks A-grade women's coach Brendan Eleison conceded having a break so early in the Ipswich season was less than desirable.
But after his team completed back-to-back victories in humid conditions, Eleison was happy there were no byes adding to disrupted play in this year's six-team competition.
The defending premiers outlasted a promising Wests side 1-0 in Saturday's match at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
Eleison's daughter Layla, a talent identified state junior prospect, scored the only goal from a 34th minute penalty corner.
However, the new coach was most impressed how captain Sara Rogers and defender Justine Parkes guided young players like halfback Kelly McNamara, goalkeeper Bree Conway and Tegan Haley in a revamped Hancocks side.
"It's encouraging using our second graders and still being able to compete and get away with wins. That's fantastic," Eleison said.
"This gives us a bit of confidence actually going into the next session after Easter.
"It (the Easter break) is a pain but hopefully we can keep that confidence up."
Eleison said he was yet to field his strongest side.
"I think it's the same for all teams," he said. "I don't think anybody has had their full team on the park yet."
Hancocks lose Rogers for the next couple of games while she is on Australian Country duty overseas.
"Sara was fantastic in the middle. She just leads by example," Eleison said. "And Justine Parkes at the back was very solid. Nothing got past her and that makes a big difference."
After a first-up win the previous week, Wests looked capable of another victory.
However, without sharpshooter Amy Korner, they missed the final knockout shot.
A good sign for Wests was having loyal players like Jade Hooper play before rushing off to Brisbane to fulfil other commitments with Ascot the same day.
In the other weekend A-grade games, Swifts beat Thistles 2-0 and Norths registered their first win in downing Bellbowrie 2-0.
Fixtures resume after the Easter break.