Wests White players and coaching staff embrace after their Reserve Grade grand final victory at the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Saturday.
Wests White players and coaching staff embrace after their Reserve Grade grand final victory at the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Saturday. Regi Varghese

Super striking: Talicia saves her best for grand final

PLAYER of the final Talicia Canty was pleasantly surprised to score four goals in the most important Reserve Grade game of the season.

Aged 15, the Wests White talent broke the grand final open with some splendid striking.

However, after totally dominating the goal circle, she was quick to praise her teammates following Wests' 5-1 victory over minor premiers Swifts.

"It was a great game. Our team played really well,'' she said.

Most pleasing for Canty was sharing in her team's first victory this season over the experienced Swifts combination.

"We just came out and we wanted to win more,'' the skilful teenager said, reflecting on Wests' second half effort.

The scores were deadlocked 1-1 at halftime.

Canty praised coaches Steve Rogers and Scott Stenzel for providing the encouragement Wests White needed to break their losing record against Swifts.

The West Moreton Anglican College year 10 student played Reserve Grade all year, regularly moving up into Wests' A-Grade side.

Canty also shared in that team's glory, where Wests won their third consecutive grand final with a 3-2 triumph over Hancocks.

 

Player of the Reserve Grade grand final Talicia Canty lines up a shot during her impressive four-goal performance in the grand final. Photo: Regi Varghese
Player of the Reserve Grade grand final Talicia Canty lines up a shot during her impressive four-goal performance in the grand final. Regi Varghese

Canty said her Reserve Grade success was particularly satisfying.

"It just topped off a great game and a great season,'' she said, being named player of the final after scoring four goals in a final for the first time.

"I'm a bit surprised, a bit shocked but all the girls around me helped a lot.''

Head coach Rogers had to dash off straight after the Reserve Grade women's final to umpire the Division 1 final in Brisbane.

However, the international umpire stopped briefly after a massive team victory chant to reflect on the effort.

"It's awesome,'' Rogers said.

"We're not supposed to win it I don't think but they worked hard and it all came together.''

The highly respected umpire and coach was delighted to take on the team with his wife Dynelle at the start of the year.

As one of two Wests sides in Reserve Grade, the White combination finished the regular season in second.

"I love it (coaching),'' Rogers said. "It's good fun.''

In a terrific team effort, Rogers said Canty deserved her four-goal reward.

"She's a great little player. She's got a good future,'' the former A-Grade player said.

Rogers also enjoyed sharing in the Friday night grand final win of Wests' A2 side, which beat Hancocks 3-1.

Rogers scored two goals for his team before overseeing the exciting Reserve Grade victory on a top weekend for Wests.

Wests club president Jack Farmer said both Reserve Grade teams performed well this season.

"I was so impressed with the Wests ladies commitment to their sport and to see the depth of talent Wests have developed and nutured in the women's competition,'' Farmer said.

"It is a credit to our side line of seasoned junior and senior coaches and club volunteers that back this up and it is truly inspiring to watch and be a part of.''