2014 PLH season preview: Kinross-CYMS

IN A bid to compete with the competition's big guns, women's Premier League Hockey outfit Kinross-CYMS made big strides forward in 2013.

Unfortunately, they've taken several back over the course of the off-season.

The Pete Shea-coached unit will be without as many as eight of last year's regulars at any given time in 2014.

The biggest loss in terms of talent is without doubt NSW under 18s star Rachel Divall, with the former Orange High School student moving to Sydney to further her education at university.

Last year's skipper, Amy Byrnes, will travel overseas and the team will also be without regular goalkeeper Amy Symons.

On top of the full-time losses Shea's team has suffered, the squad is likely to only have Louise Kempson, Em Wright, Tanya Jachi and Claire Goodall on a part-time basis throughout the 2014 season.

Shea was bleak about his side's chances this season.

"We took three steps forward last season but, with the loss of players, we'll be struggling for a side this year," Shea said.

"We'll have to start again."

Competitive without being a real force last winter, Kinross-CYMS will now have to rely on a host of youngsters filtering through the ranks.

Shea nominated Chloe Barrett, Madie Smith and Ellen Van Hoek as the backbone of his side, while Mel Woods, at just 23, will lead the experience stakes.

"We'll have to start with the basics again," he said.

"We'll re-develop our pattern and work through all the basic skills. We've done it before, we'll do it again."

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