Saints ready to fight for survival against Confederates

EXPERIENCE will be on the side of St Pat’s this Saturday when it faces Confederates in the women’s Premier League Hockey minor semi-final at the Cooke Hockey Complex.

While the game marks Feds’first appearance in the semis since re-entering the competition in 2012, a bulk of the Saints squad are well versed with finals hockey.

It means that the blue and whites know the pressures of what lies ahead and how to prepare.

“The feeling is good, we’re ready to go,” star forward Kristy Ekert said.

“I think we’ll have those game day nerves on the day, but nerves are good I reckon.”

From two prior meetings this season the head-to-head stands at one win apiece, but the Saints’ victory did come more recently.

That was a 2-0 result last month on the same turf the pair will play on this Saturday.

“Bloody oath it will be tough game. They’ve been a good team all year and they’ve really stuck it to the top teams all year. In finals it’s anyone’s game, so we’ve got to be ready for sure,” Ekert said.

“But I think because we played them so recently it’s a bit of a help because we’ve still got how we beat them fresh in our minds.

“We are playing them on turf one again and that’s where we beat them before, so nothing needs to change, we just need to lift our intensity now we are in the finals.”

Saturday’s semi-final will commence at 4pm.

FOCUS: Sophie Conroy and her fellow Saints must beat Confederates on Saturday to keep their women's Premier League Hockey title hopes alive. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

FOCUS: Sophie Conroy and her fellow Saints must beat Confederates on Saturday to keep their women's Premier League Hockey title hopes alive. Photo: PHIL BLATCH