Player shortage hurts Kinross-CYMS as Blue Jays sing victory song

TOUGH DAY: Kinross-CYMS star Chloe Barrett (pictured, centre) said it was a tough game for her side with only nine players against Dubbo Blue Jays. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0614sghock4

TOUGH DAY: Kinross-CYMS star Chloe Barrett (pictured, centre) said it was a tough game for her side with only nine players against Dubbo Blue Jays. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0614sghock4

DEVASTATED by player unavailability, Kinross-CYMS’ star Chloe Barrett said her team will try and take some positives from its 5-2 loss to Dubbo Blue Jays on Saturday.

The Orange side only fielded nine players in women’s Premier League Hockey clash, played at Dubbo Hockey Centre.

Over half a dozen of Kinross-CYMS’ stars missed the clash, including Madie Smith (injury), Mel Woods and Tania Jachi (unavailable), and Dubbo took advantage of this.

“Travelling can be hard at times, especially now we’re on school holidays,” Barrett said.

“We had no coach either with Pete (Shea) being away. We did our best with what we had.”

Emma Corcoran, Kylie Lake, Alex Waters, Luci Ferguson and Aimee Davis all found the back of the net for Dubbo, and Barrett said despite goals from Georgie Watson and Ellen Van Hoek, her team was always behind the eight ball.

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“We need to look at what we did well, and take some positives from it,” Barrett said.

“We didn’t go down there and get flogged, in those situations games can easily blow out to nine or 10-nil, but we held them to 5-2.

“We had other chances as well, I missed a (penalty) stroke, so it could have been closer. I think we communicated really well, it wasn’t just one person leading us around, everyone talked. The younger girls stood up and took some responsibility as well which was great. With nine players, the oldest being 20, and no coach it was always going to be tough.”

Kinross-CYMS stay in ninth place with the loss, 12 points outside the top five.

The Orange side will need to win the bulk of its five remaining PLH games to have any hope of sneaking into the top five.

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