Panthers bounce back to their best against Confederates

LITHGOW Panthers have returned to their best with a clinical 5-nil women's Premier League Hockey defeat of Confederates in Orange.

Looking to bounce back following a disappointing 2-all draw at home against Parkes, Panthers’ star Roxsanne Van Veen put on a goal-scoring master class to net a hat-trick and guide the visitors to a comprehensive away victory.

Abby Wilson scored Panthers’ other two goals in the five-goal triumph.

Feds defender Sam Stevenson said Saturday’s performance against Panthers was well below what the red and blues are capable of.

“We had a shocker,” Stevenson said.

“We couldn’t trap a pass, it was really terrible. We’re all disappointed with the way we played, especially because we know what we’re capable of.”

Down 2-nil at half-time, Feds’ day didn’t improve as Van Veen added to her first half goal by belting home a second half double and catapult Lithgow Panthers into second on the women’s Premier League Hockey ladder.

“We weren’t in the game at all,” Stevenson continued.

“Mentally we weren’t there, our warm up was terrible ... I’m not sure what it was but some of the young girls might have been a little wary of Panthers, they can be a bit rough.”

Following a positive 2-all draw against defending premiers Bathurst St Pat’s, Saturday’s defeat is the second loss in an as many week for Feds.

Narrowly edged 2-1 by Zig Zag last weekend, Feds and Stevenson both believe the less taken out of the five-goal loss against Panthers the better.

“We’ll just forget about it and move on,” Stevenson said.

“We know we can play better than that.”


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