See why this coach didn't mind losing

BELLBOWRIE coach Adam Spry was upbeat about the future after watching his team battle hard through extra-time only to be eliminated from this year's Ipswich A-grade women's  finals.

"I'm not disappointed at all, no way,'' Spry said.

"You play 80 minutes of hockey, it's two-all. It just shows how strong the competition is.

"And to lose in one-on-one (shootouts), it's almost the best way to go out to appreciate how good we competed the entire match.''

Swifts eventually won Saturday night's final 5-4 over Bellbowrie.

After coaching the Strikers team for the first time, Spry was keen to return next season with the prospects of a bright future for the club.

"I would have liked to have gone that extra step (preliminary final) but our goal this year was just to make the finals and we did that,'' Spry said.

"So we achieved our goals and we built a really good team with a lot of young ones come up from Reserve grade.

"They (the Bellbowrie players) were all really excited about what happened this year and want to continue to build on that for next year's comp.

"We progressed throughout the year and built as a group so it will be exciting to see what they can do the next two-three years.''