ST Pat’s is hoping the gala day atmosphere at Cooke Hockey Complex this Saturday can lift them in their men’s Premier League Hockey bid against Lithgow Zig Zag.
Saints left somewhat disappointed after a draw against Wanderers last round but have a great chance to hit back against a Zig Zag side who – for the first time this season – have their place in the top four under threat.
But, as in any sporting field, when a team is on the ropes it can inspire them to lift their game.
Saints’ Darcy Davis said you can’t ever afford to take Zig Zag lightly.
“When you play Lithgow you always expect a challenge. It’s hard to know with Zig Zag which players will turn up, so on the day they can beat anyone. We’ve got to be prepared,” he said.
“We’re not trying to focus on the points situation too much at this stage, we’re just focused on our own game. I think we’re confident we can make it into the top four and top two is a bonus.”
The addition of coach Niel Howard has seen Pat’s change up their structure.
Davis said the change will undoubtedly benefit the Saints in the run towards finals.
“Things are looking okay. Since we’ve had a coach come on board we’ve made a few structural changes, which is have been a big adjustment for us, but we’re starting to get used to it now,” he said.
“I think it will have us looking dangerous coming towards the important end of the season.
“It’s different in terms of positional play and it’s got us playing as a team a bit more.”
Pat’s are hoping to make more of their opportunities in front of goal, something which deserted them against Wanderers.
Zig Zag are back from the bye and prior to that were thumped 7-2 by Wanderers, giving the Orange side their first win of the season.
Pat’s defeated Zig Zag 2-0 in their earlier meeting this season at Lithgow.
The Pat’s-Zig Zag match starts the day’s action on Bob Roach Field at 12.20pm.