Dependable Hancock Brothers player Dean Pavitt slides into his work during Saturday’s 6-1 victory over Rangeville at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
Dependable Hancock Brothers player Dean Pavitt slides into his work during Saturday’s 6-1 victory over Rangeville at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. Claudia Baxter

No final despite Hancock win

THE Hancock Brothers men avoided a tricky scheduling issue by only beating Rangeville 6-1 on Saturday.

Needing to net 10 more goals than Rangeville to qualify for this weekend’s Ipswich-Toowoomba Combined Competition final, Hancocks were never in the hunt in their latest A-grade game at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

Loyal player Dean Pavitt explained why.

“We’re not really a high-scoring team so we knew that it was going to be hard from the start,” Pavitt said.

“We wanted to play a good core game. We’ve still got a long way to go but we’ll get there.”

Only winning by five goals was probably a blessing as club players, coaches, officials and supporters prepare for Saturday night’s 75th anniversary dinner at St Edmund’s College.

Had Hancocks thrashed Rangeville and made the final, it would have presented a challenging afternoon trying to get the match played in Toowoomba before rushing back for the function.

Easts will represent Ipswich in Saturday’s 4.45pm final against Newtown in Toowoomba.

The women’s final at 3.20pm will also be in Toowoomba between Swifts and Toowoomba pacesetters Rangeville. Final points in sport notes.

Pavitt was far from concerned about Saturday’s final as he watched teammate Adam McClelland score a hat-trick.

McClelland netted the first three goals before attacking speedster Peter Mitchell scored the fourth and set up the fifth for Trent Davison. Alec Sippel scored a late goal off a penalty corner.

Pavitt, 24, said Hancocks were maturing as a side, having stuck together for a number of years.

“We’re pretty loyal to each other and I think that’s what sort of makes us a good core,” he said.

“We’re building for the end of the year, stepping it up.”

The Hancocks junior said having Bruce Robertson as player/coach and Glen Mortimer in the side provided guidance for the talented younger players.

“It’s pretty much their communication. They lead by example and that’s why they are so good,” said Pavitt, who has been with the club for 10 years.

“We’re working a bit harder. We’ve got a different coaching style, we’re a better team.”

In other weekend results, Norths drew 2-2 with Past High and Wests thrashed Norths Toowoomba 11-0. In-form striker Jaden Ekert scored another hat-trick.