Why sporty mum glad to be back at Swifts
SWIFTS A-Grade goalscorer Macey Reilly is a timely reminder how Ipswich mums can still have fun.
After a couple of years out of sport, the mother of two is clearly enjoying the excitement of sharing in weekly competition at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
She scored the first of Swifts' two goals in the Bluebirds' much-needed 2-0 A-Grade win over Hancock Brothers on Saturday.
"It's my first year back,'' she said, having previously played for Swifts before taking time out with her now four and two year-old boys.
Although second-placed Hancocks had 11 of their 15 regular players away, Swifts showed they are a side making steady progress in this year's Ipswich competition.
"Our A-Grade team had a few out as well so it was a really good game and Swifts played really well,'' Reilly said.
Reilly, 24, was a junior representative and Queensland Country player before a break from the game to have her two children.
She started with Norths juniors before joining Swifts in A Grade. She had a short stint with Wests four years ago before returning to the Bluebirds.
The centre forward/striker looked reinvigorated back on the field in Saturday's game, making some important runs.
"I just really like the club now,'' she said, appreciating the support of senior players like Bridget McLean and club president Kirsty Lenaghan.
"I'm mostly Reserve Grade and playing up to A Grade when I can.
"Definitely, I've enjoyed coming back, 100 percent. I'm really glad I came back to Swifts as well.''
Reilly scored in the first half after getting in a clear position to tap in the ball.
Swifts stalwart Susie Marcussen secured her team's win in the second half after a well-timed strike from a penalty corner.
Hancocks were well below full strength with players having under-18 and under-21 state titles commitments, work and study demands, or out injured.
However, coach Mark Eleison was delighted to see the club's depth given a workout with finals just weeks away.
"They can hold their head up. They played really well,'' Eleison said.
Inside right Jacqueline Burchill made her A-Grade debut.
"She got hit in the second half but said 'no, I'm going to play' and she kept running so it was really good,'' Eleison said.
Hancocks stalwart Aimee McDermott helped out the top grade side having also returned after recent motherly duties.
She's been playing R2.
Loyal halfback Natalie Davison captained the side with Sara Rogers away.
Eleison was pleased to have sisters Shannon and Ryleigh Conway lining up in A Grade.
"If we didn't have the Conways, we wouldn't have a club,'' he said.
"It was good to know that we've got those kids there like Jacqui. By the end of the game she was showing her confidence, which was good.
"Ryleigh was the same building her confidence.
"It's good to give them a run and with 11 out, we didn't expect to win the game.
"Then we found out that Swifts also had a few out as well so it was not a bad contest in the end.''
In other women's A-Grade games at the weekend, Wests outclassed Toowoomba Red Lion 9-3 with Amy Kickbusch scoring four goals.
Norths Ipswich beat Toowoomba Newtown 3-2.
"It's really competitive,'' Reilly said of this year's A-Grade series.
"Wests and Hannies are both really strong teams but all the teams are definitely stepping up and there's no one team that really falls behind everyone.''
A Grade men: Hancock Brothers 6 (J Willie 4, H Michel, D Rew) d Easts 1 (T Woodford); Red Lion 4 d Wests 2 (G Walker, C Coulson- Futcher); Newtown 4 d Norths Ipswich 3 (N Maddocks 2, D Jeffrey).
A Grade women: Swifts 2 (S Marcussen, M Reilly) d Hancock Brothers 0; Wests 9 (A Kickbusch 4, G Nicholls 2, L Hess, E Jackat, J Close) d Red Lion 3, Norths Ipswich 3 (S Parlett, E Alchin, L Blackman) d Newtown 2.