No bigger test than Panthers in Lithgow: Reith

LITMUS TEST: Confederates coach Fiona Reith knows how big a challenge Panthers in Lithgow will be this weekend. Photo: NICK McGRATH

LITMUS TEST: Confederates coach Fiona Reith knows how big a challenge Panthers in Lithgow will be this weekend. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Even though the reigning champions have lost a couple of games in 2017, heading to Lithgow to take on Panthers remains the toughest test in women’s Premier League Hockey.

It’s one the now second-placed Confederates face this weekend.

With a number of players backing up from last weekend’s state titles and Tuesday night’s win over Parkes, Confederates coach Fiona Reith knows her side will head in nursing some sore, weary bodies too.

Her players did the same on Tuesday though and now the red and blues have tasted being in the top two, she’s sure they’ll rise to the challenge again to try and make sure they stay there.

“The one thing I’ve kept saying to the girls is how good a test this will be for us,” Reith said.

“We’ve won a few games but if we want to consider ourselves one of the top sides then we have to beat the top sides too. I mean, we’re going in realistic because Millah Allcorn has twinged her hamstring and Panthers are a very, very good side.

“Lithgow is coming off a win in division one of the [Hockey NSW Open Women’s State Championship] and I imagine most of those girls will be playing.”

Feds play Panthers, in Lithgow, from 1.30pm.

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