While Bathurst City may have lost its women's Premier League Hockey season opener on Saturday, coach Jill Long is coming away from the loss looking at the positives.
Bathurst City suffered a 1-0 lost away from home to Parkes, with a first half goal from Janelle Thompson the difference in what was a close game.
Long said her team were down seven regular players, with regular goalkeeper Maddy Tattersall playing out on the field, while her mother Kylie Tattersall went in goals instead.
It meant a number of juniors got their chance to step up and Long said she was impressed with how the whole team played, considering the circumstances.
"We had our chances but we were very short with our goalkeeper Maddy Tattersall playing out on the field, so Kylie Tattersall her mum went in the net," she said.
"We were seven down in terms of numbers but 1-0 was good. We had our chances and we put it to Parkes. Our girls were very young, which is wonderful for the future."
Two young players that featured in the match were Tayla Grabham and Maggie Thompson, who both represented NSW Blue in the Under 15s Australian Championships that was held in Bathurst over the past week.
I was very proud of them, proud how they played.Bathurst City coach Jill Long
"Tayla and Maggie, they were tired but they played," Long said.
"I was very proud of them, proud how they played. They really gave it their all. It was a very good result and our girls tried really hard.
Long believes her team will only get stronger as the season progresses.
"This team even with the juniors will get stronger, stronger and stronger and it was also our first game of the season because we didn't play last week because of the nationals.
"St Pat's and us had our first game, while everyone else had played two."
- PARKES 1 (Janelle Thompson) defeated BATHURST CITY 0
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