Hancocks speedster Kelly McNamara makes one of her trademark bursts on her way to scoring a hat-trick in Saturday night's elimination final win over Norths.
Hancocks speedster Kelly McNamara makes one of her trademark bursts on her way to scoring a hat-trick in Saturday night's elimination final win over Norths. Rob Williams

Vital support helps Hancocks finals bid

HANCOCK Brothers duo Shahna Hamment and Kelly McNamara had every reason to share in the positive energy after their team advanced to this weekend's Ipswich A Grade preliminary final.

Hamment and McNamara made different but valuable contributions as Hancocks received a massive boost from Saturday night's 9-2 elimination victory over Norths.

Australian Country goalkeeper Hamment cheered on her team from the Hancocks dugout having broken her hand making a save days earlier. She suffered the untimely right hand injury after playing three games with the Queensland team at the recent national country championships in Townsville.

Although missing the end of Queensland's charge to national honours, Hamment remained upbeat about her prospects of still represent- ing her country in Malaysia and Singapore next year.

"It's in April next year so I have plenty of time to get the hand good,'' she said.

"I ended up having surgery on it but it should be good in five weeks.''

Injured Hancocks and Australian Country hockey goalkeeper, Shahna Hamment.
Injured Australian Country and Hancocks goalkeeper Shahna Hamment supports her team while recovering. Rob Williams

The aspiring teacher previously represented the Australian Country under 21 team in Fiji.

After her latest country championships mishap, the former NSW and Sunshine Coast hockey player was keen to support her Hancocks teammates, having only joined the club this season.

"I hope we make the grand final,'' said Hamment, who turns 23 next month.

McNamara ensured Hancocks qualified for the preliminary final against last year's runners-up Swifts after scoring a hat-trick in the final.

The multi-talented Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student has just come back from a three-week rest managing a second grade tear in her left calf.

She suffered the injury while changing direction in a game against Wests.

But like Hamment, McNamara was feeling positive after emerging from the Hancocks' dressing room.

As one of Ipswich's most exciting talents, the former Queensland Schoolgirls representative was thrilled to be back playing on the Ipswich Hockey Complex field. That came after completing her Brisbane commitments with UQ a few hours earlier.

McNamara weaved, zigzagged and dashed across the Ipswich turf, enjoying a new role before securing her first A Grade hat-trick.

"I'm pretty happy with that, playing up front with the girls,'' she said.

"It felt really good. The shots on goal I was pretty happy with.''

McNamara, who turns 18 in October, scored her first goal in the 15th minute before netting her third goal to put her side up 7-2.

She deserved the hat-trick having also created several scoring chances for her teammates.

Stalwart Aimee McDermott completed a double with Robyn Clarke, captain Sara Rogers, state representative Layla Eleison and ever-reliable Natalie Davison also scoring.

Norths threatened to make a game of it when Zoe Fox converted the Devils' first penalty corner on the stroke of halftime.

However, the comeback was shortlived after the break with Eleison and McDermott's quickfire goals establishing Hancocks' 5-1 advantage.

Hancocks will play Swifts in Sunday's preliminary final after the Bluebirds lost the qualifying final 6-2 to Wests.

But while Hancocks looked a threat for the rest of the final series, Norths had a disappointing finish after a promising season of development.

The Devils also suffered another nasty injury when experienced player Jess Fox left the field clutching her left shoulder after a collision with 24 minutes left. She had her arm put in a sling before a trip to hospital.

A Grade women: Qualifying final - (1) Wests 6 (Amy Kickbusch 2, Lauren Hess, Eden Jackat, Gabby Nicholls, Erin Mackay) d Swifts 2 (Cara Shaw, Amanda Stacey).

Elimination final: (3) Hancock Brothers 9 (Kelly McNamara 3, Aimee McDermott 2, Robyn Clarke, Layla Eleison, Sara Rogers, Natalie Davison) d (4) Norths 2 (Zoe Fox, Crystal Brown).

Hockey's top achievers

Nominees for major awards. Winners being announced at Ipswich Hockey's annual presentation dinner on Friday night.

Barry Dancer Excellence: Trent Davison, Dean Jeffrey, Chris Mantell, Nathan Smith.

Amy Korner Excellence: Layla Eleison, Bridget McLean, Sarah Parlett, Jessica Wilkinson.

Masters Award: Lyn Brown, Paul Hardie, Kylie Harnden, Pat Jordan.

Paul Mantell Volunteer of the Year: Pauline Alchin, Peter Conway, Robert McLeod, Jan Walker.

Senior player of the year nominees

A Grade men: Patrick Collingwood (Easts), Stuart Darby (Hancock Brothers), Kyah Andrew-Sharrad (Norths), Matthew West (Wests).

A Grade women: Mackenzie McAvoy (Bellbowrie), Layla Eleison (Hancock Brothers), Sarah Parlett (Norths), Casey Haumaha (Swifts), Amy Nicholls (Wests).

Reserve Grade men: Dean Boughen (Easts), Blake Douglas (Hancock Brothers), Mark Davidson (Norths), Lucas Alchin (Wests).

Reserve Grade women: Maddison Baker (Hancock Brothers), Kirra Muller (Norths), Shiralee Bull (Swifts), Madeline Denny (Thistles/Bellbowrie), Janet Peters (Wests).

R2 Grade women: Tahni Adie (Bellbowrie), Michelle Casey (Collegians), Kaylah McDermott (Hancock Brothers), Brittany Barrett (Norths), Janelle Deacon (Swifts), Karla Black (Veterans), Amanda Mcenna (Wests).

A2 Grade men: Cameron Cliff (Bellbowrie), Ethan Casey (Collegians), Craig Barrett (Easts), Brent Kinnane (Hancock Brothers), Joshua Shaw (Norths Red), Terrence Wode (Norths White), Carlin Pamenter (Wests).

A2 Grade women: Alison Fenton (Bellbowrie), Kylie Prasser (Collegians), Kathy Burns (Norths), Kathleen Anderson (Swifts), Christina Nipperess-Sims (Thistles), Amanda Hill (Veterans), Jayne Goetsch (Wests).

Junior player of the year contenders: Male - Daimon Bell, Archie Cameron, Isaac Jordan, Riley Profke, Ayden Saric-Pamenter. Female: Caitlin Canty, Victoria Heffernan, Lile Lenaghan, Hayley Petersen, Emma Picton, Hayley Wells.