ANU Women’s Hockey Club (AWHC) have had an amazing year with both of their first and second grade teams winning the Grand Finals at the Capital League.
Capital League 1
In the Women's Capital League 1 Grand Final, 2019 minor premiers and 2018 major premiers ANU took on Tuggeranong Vikings. ANU took the lead with Grace Ronnfeldt scoring off a short corner breakdown early in the second quarter. The third quarter had plenty of back and forth play between the two sides, with ANU goalkeeper Peta Sutherland pulling off some dramatic saves to keep ANU ahead. Tuggeranong answered back at the start of the fourth quarter after a breakdown in ANU's defensive play. The score remained at 1-1 for the rest of regular time, forcing the game into shoot outs - the same fate as the 2018 Grand Final.
ANU and Tuggeranong missed their first shots with both keepers pulling off stellar saves. After conversions from Isobel Cowell, Shelley Watson and Tamika Bostock, ANU were in front going into the final round. Rachel Barnsley secured the win for ANU with her conversion, wrapping up the game 5-4.
To cap off the celebrations, Jessica Smith took out player of the match award after a gutsy performance in the midfield.
This is the first back-to-back premiership in the Women's Capital League competition since 2011.
Capital League 2
In the Women's Capital League 2 Grand Final, ANU took on United. The Uni girls were off to a strong start, going up 1-0, a mere 56 seconds into the game from a cracking penalty corner shot by Anna MacDonald. The scored remained 1-0 going into half time with ANU having the better of it quite convincingly. The game wasn't without contest, however, with United firing back in the second half to make the score 1-1. This would ultimately be the score at the end of regular time, sending the match into shoot outs.
Similar to Capital League 1, Capital League 2 are painfully familiar with shoot outs in finals. After the first full rotation scores were still locked, with goalkeeper Minnie Arnold pulling off some amazing saves and strikers Amy Arnott and Alex Chapman converting. Into the sudden death round, ANU stepped up first with Amy Arnott converting once again. With all pressure on United to score to stay in the game, Minnie once again pulled off a phenomenal save, sealing the win for her team.
The teams would like to thank all the spectators, family, friends and clubmates who came out, and supported them through their final’s campaigns. We are extremely proud of the girls for playing exceptionally well and wish them luck for their future matches.
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