Feds skipper Ellen Warner says her side now believes its able to compete with just about any team in the competition, and Saturday’s women’s Premier League Hockey result proves that.
A heavily under-manned Confederates line-up jagged a 1-all draw with last year’s runners-up Lithgow Panthers at the Orange gala day, Bree Lippiatt’s eighth-minute strike cancelled out by a Riley Miller winner four minutes later before an end-to-end second period was dominated by both sides’ shop stoppers, Kath Cox for Feds and Jess Luchetti for Panthers starring during a scoreless final stanza.
Luchetti, particularly, was sensational, a full-stretch save nearing the final 10 minutes of the match on a well-worked Confederates short-corner bringing the small crowd that braved the freezing conditions to its feet.
“I actually thought at the end we might of gotten a goal in,” Warner said looking back at that moment.
“I was already jumping but it didn’t go in.
“But to be equal now with a club like Panthers is great for us, I did think we could have scored another goal but we’ll keep training hard and working together as a team, which we normally do.
“We know we can do it now, it took us a round to get there but we’ve finally got the belief and we know we belong.”
Lithgow coach Dave Marshall said, like Feds, his Panthers outfit was down on numbers but veteran Cheryn Van Veen and Bonnie Goodsell helped lift the visitors to a result on the road – an important one for a side hunting for a finals spot in the top four.
“We had our opportunities but they played well in periods, too, a 1-all draw is probably a fitting result,” Marshall said.
“Points are a bonus up here, our goal was to hopefully get the win but for me that would have been a bonus, especially with the amount of people we had out.”
- CONFEDERATES 1 (Bree Lippiatt) drew with LITHGOW PANTHERS 1 (Riley Miller)