Kelso mentor is tipping a close women’s hockey grand final

ONE goal – that is what denied Kelso a Bathurst Women’s Hockey Association first grade premiership last year and there is every chance the 2016 decider could be just as close.

TALENT TIME: Sophie Clarke and Bec Bosianek have done battle in women's Premier League Hockey this season and will square off again in Bathurst first grade on Saturday. Kelso plays Pat's in the grand final. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TALENT TIME: Sophie Clarke and Bec Bosianek have done battle in women's Premier League Hockey this season and will square off again in Bathurst first grade on Saturday. Kelso plays Pat's in the grand final. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Twelve months after losing 2-1 to Souths on grand final day, this Saturday Kelso will play for the title once more.

This time around Kelso will take on St Pat’s. 

The pair finished the regular season in the top two and in the major semi-final, Kelso had to fight hard for a 5-4 victory over the Saints.

Pat’s then beat Souths last Sunday to book a re-match and Kelso coach Maureen Markwick knows her players will need their best if they wish to win once more.

"This year we have been quite close in our games leading up to the grand final. We play a similar style of hockey - it's very, very fast,” Markwick said.

"It was a high score in that semi-final, they would score then we equalised, they scored again and we equalised.

"We came from behind three times and then we got in front, but then they came back at us. There is nothing between us.

"It’s a different side for us this season because we have brought the juniors through as preparation for Premier League. So I would say that this year is probably a younger squad than previous years,” she added.

Saturday’s grand final will start at 3pm.

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