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Redbacks warm up for coming season

CLINT MILLS and MARK SANDHUSound Telegraph

Rockingham Redbacks women used the Downings Legal Skins Tournament as an opportunity for a good pre-season hit-out.

Rockingham were fortunate enough to enter two teams.

The first team, led by Hannah McDonald, won three matches, drew two and lost one, and deservedly earned themselves a spot in the final.

In the preliminary games, the women played some great hockey, only conceding a handful of goals against solid opposition and scoring some quality points.

As the games progressed the girls listened to instructions, learned from earlier mistakes and started to play well, moving the ball nicely, creating plenty of opportunities and not allowing the opposing teams to have many chances in front of goal.

Victoria Park were one step ahead of the Redbacks, who conceded the final – the only match they lost on the weekend.

The second side the Redbacks entered were competitive in every match they played.

These girls were led by Jessica Beer and played a great style of hockey throughout the weekend.

They moved the ball as well as any other team.

Mostly young teenagers with a few more experienced players, this team worked hard for each other and each game. They won two matches, drew one and narrowly missed three.

The Rockingham Redbacks men’s team also had a good hit-out over the weekend in the tournament.

The top squad was split over the two days of matches and achieved some good results – winning three, drawing one and losing two.

They missed the final, won by Peel Rebels against North Coast Raiders.

Coach Mark Sandhu said he was pleased with the effort of the players.

“In truth the boys have had a massive workload this week as we continue to build base fitness levels,” he said. “The weekend provided our younger, less experienced players with good games against opponents who are physical and more experienced.

“With the return of key players from overseas, we will once again be challenging for promotion.”

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