Goulburn’s Capital League men’s hockey side will need to dig deep on Saturday when they face number two on the ladder Central Hockey Club at the Goulburn field.
Injuries have taken two of their midfield players out of the competition, Jake Staines with a collar bone fracture and Anup Valmiki with a side strain suffered in last week’s game against St Pat’s.
Staines’ brother Ben is also overseas on holiday, meaning that some reshuffling will be needed to strengthen the midfield and transition play on Saturday.
No doubt Valmiki, who lives for hockey, will be at the field sharing his knowledge and contributing encouragement from the sideline.
Goulburn needs to turn around its run of losses to maintain its number three spot on the hockey ladder.
Last week in Canberra, Goulburn was leading till Valmiki left the field with his injury, but went down 4-3.
The previous week, they lost to Western Districts 2-1 and the week before back in Goulburn they suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Old Canberrans.
The women’s Strikers game on Sunday is evidence the team is in good stead for their final home game in two weeks.
It was a 4-2 win against UC, who were unable to make a needed come back and control the game in their favour.
Strikers’ Danielle White scored a remarkable four goals.
However, she was not the only player going for goal, with both Carly Slater and Ellen Ryan also trying to keep up.
The women played with only nine, with many of the offensive power channeled from the back line.
Goalies Shannon Nolan and Jayde Riordan celebrated their 170th and 150th games respectively.
It was a tough day for 26 Trinity Catholic College students who participated in the ASC Hockey Competition in Canberra on Monday. Braving the harsh winter weather it was a commendable performance by the school. The years 7 and 8 girls were runners-up and the years 9-10 girls placed third.