Bathurst City will draw on junior talents to face Ex-Services

WHEN Bathurst City coach Nick Klower made the decision to give the junior members of his squad consistent game time earlier this season, he had the future of the women’s Premier League Hockey outfit in mind.

WIN THAT: Rachael Corbett Jones, one of the younger members of Bathurst City's squad, tackles a Zig Zag rival. This Saturday City faces Exies. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

WIN THAT: Rachael Corbett Jones, one of the younger members of Bathurst City's squad, tackles a Zig Zag rival. This Saturday City faces Exies. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

But this Saturday he will be drawing on that pool of talented juniors to play a more important role for him.

City will be missing some of its consistently strong, experienced regulars for their match against Ex-Services in Bathurst at 1.50pm and it is the juniors who will fill the void.

“I will give all the juniors a chance to really step up in more fundamental roles and also with the amount of time they will be playing, so a lot more pressure on them this week,” Klower said.

“I’m really excited to see what they will do because I’ve seen all the effort they have put in. It’s exciting to see what they will do when they’ve got a lot more responsibility on their shoulders, I honestly think they’ll take the ball and run with it.”

City lost just its second game of 2018 last Saturday when going down to a St Pat’s side Klower described as “very impressive”, but they still sit on the same competition points as the Saints and CYMS.

Exies have done it much tougher and are yet to win a game this season. City also has a strong record against the Orange outfit – of the last 10 games they have played the Bathurst side has only lost one and that was in round 12, 2016.