CONFEDERATES coach Mark Pengilly said losing is a hard habit to break after his side’s disappointing 3-2 loss to Bathurst St Pat’s on Saturday.
Searching for its second consecutive women’s Premier League Hockey win ‘Feds conceded two goals in the final third of the clash, sacrificing a lead and ultimately the four competition points.
“We aren’t sure how to close those games out just yet,” Pengilly said.
“We’re getting there, but we just aren’t sure how to win those tight games. We’re definitely disappointed not to win, but losing has become a bit of a habit for the girls and we’re still working out how to break it.”
Down 1-nil at half-time ‘Feds rallied in the second half, taking the lead when Georgia Parr and Annie Pakinga scored within minutes of each other.
However, on the cusp of victory Pengilly said ‘Feds “went missing” as St Pat’s capitalised on the home side’s inexperience through Kristy Conroy and Kirralee Naylor to steal the win.
“It was a pretty pleasing result even though we didn’t get the win,” he said.
“The girls are getting better every week, and in stages of the game we were very, very good.”
Pengilly credited his side’s effort, and said his troops will learn more from the loss than the previous week’s win.
“We went quiet for a period in the second when we should have been all out attacking,” he said.
“We were in front, and went missing. But we’ll learn from that. When we did attack we were very positive about it and we scrambled well in defence.
Our fitness let us down a bit toward the end, and we had a few girls out for various reasons but I still think it was a pretty good follow up to last week’s win.”
BATHURST ST PAT’S 3 (Kristy Conroy 2, Kirralee Naylor) def CONFEDERATES 2 (Georgia Parr, Annie Pakinga)