Souths chasing top four spot, coach wary of Bathurst City rivals

MUST WIN: Danielle Fisher on the ball for Souths. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MUST WIN: Danielle Fisher on the ball for Souths. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

With just two rounds to go in women’s Premier League Hockey, Souths cannot afford any slip ups in their quest to make the top four and play finals.

Souths are currently eight points off fourth place and with second placed Orange CYMS, third placed Lithgow Panthers and fourth placed Bathurst City all on 32, Souths will be hoping one of those three sides will slip up and lose their last two games.

Up against rivals Bathurst City on Saturday, Souths coach Ian North is wary of the opposition’s strengths. 

“Bathurst City is a good quality team, with a lot of strength,” he said.

“They build a lot from the centre, so we’ve got to be very cautious of that.

“They’re a team you’ve got to watch really closely. They can be really quick. One moment we’re attacking and all of sudden they’re working their way up the field.”

The only prior meeting between the two sides was back in June, when Souths were defeated 3-0.

North said his team deserves to play finals this year because of the effort his girls have put in.

“We’re a force and we’re rebuilding again. There’s some wonderful players coming through and there’s some mature heads,” he said.

“No doubt the game is one we need to win but we’re up to challenge and we’ve proved it against all the times.

“I definitely think we’ve got the ability to beat them but there’s a degree of luck we’ll need too.” 

The game starts in Bathurst at 3.20pm.